In The Truce, Primo Levi describes a cruelly protracted train journey, following the
liberation of Auschwitz, from Krakow to a transit camp at Katowice in Upper Silesia.
When the train makes one of many unexplained stops, at a place called Trzebinia,
Levi gets off to stretch his legs. Soon he is surrounded by a group of curious locals,
on whom he unburdens, in a torrent of words, ‘those so recent experiences of mine,
of Auschwitz nearby.’ 
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