Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2014

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies: Latin America and the Caribbean, LACS: Hispanic and Italian Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Anne Lambright


What effect does the ubiquity of death in a traumatic experience have on an individual's memory and soul, and how is this manifested in one's written testimony? Through the analysis of their philosophical introspection, the testimonies of Primo Levi's The Drowned and the Saved, Jorge Semprún's Literature or Life, and Jacobo Timerman's Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number meditate on the atrocities they experienced during Levi and Semprún's incarceration under the Nazi regime in Europe between 1942 and 1945, and Timerman's imprisonment under the regime of Jorge Rafael Videla in Argentina between 1976 and 1983. The aporetic condition in recounting these events is their attempt to bear witness to the totality of an event so heavily steeped with the finitude of death. In doing so, these three men deconstruct the phenomenology of the experience during internment to make sense of their existence as free men.


Senior Thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.