At the time of his deportation to Buchenwald, Semprun was a member of the Communist Resistance. His political beliefs appear to have sustained him through the experience, scarred but not traumatized. The experience only becomes traumatic, in the sense of radically destabilizing his identity and beliefs, when his Communist convictions are tested and finally broken in the early 1960s. His subsequent literary writing revolves around the trauma of war and its continuing disruptive effect.
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