September 2, 2021

From Peter W. Marty, Christian Century August 25, 2021

 When Primo Levi wrote about being an Auschwitz survivor,
his thoughts went directly to the man who smuggled soup and
bread to him every day.  "I am alive today, not so much because
of [Lorenzo's] material aid, as for his having constantly reminded
me by his presence, by his plain and gentle manner of being good,
that there still existed a just world outside our own, something and
someone still pure and whole."
Levi regularly pointed to two kinds of goodness that made his
survival in Auschwitz possible.  One was the food that allowed
him to eke out an existence.  The other was the warm and gentle
spirit of Lorenzo.