Twoop > People > Writers

Primo Levi Timeline

July 31, 1919: Primo Levi is born in Turin, Italy to liberal, well-to-do Jewish parents.

1941: Graduates from the University of Turin with a degree in chemistry.

1943: He tries to join the Italian anti-Fascist resistance.

Dec. 13, 1943: He is arrested by the occupying Germans.

1944: He is sent to Auschwitz.

Jan. 27, 1945: The Russian Allies free Levi and the other remaining survivors of Auschwitz, including Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank.

1958: Publishes If this is a Man.

1963: Publishes The Truce.

1975: Publishes The Periodic Table.

1977: Retires from his position at SIVA to concentrate on his writing career.

1978: Publishes a collection of short stories entitled The Monkey's Wrench.

1981: Publishes Moments of Reprieve.

1982: Publishes If not Now, When.

1986: Publishes The Drowned and the Saved.

March 1987: Levi has prostate surgery.

April 11, 1987: Levi falls to his death from the third floor of his apartment in Turin, the same apartment in which he was born, of an apparent suicide.

If you believe any information on to be inaccurate, please let us know. Images: All images published on the site are believed to be in the public domain. To report an image published on our site that is not in the public domain or does not fall under fair use, please send an email to editor (AT)

Copyright © 2005-2006 All rights reserved.