Armenian Genocide And The Holocaust In Elie Wiesel's Night

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The Armenian genocide and the Holocaust. Two of the world’s most profound genocides that were ever committed. Mass extermination, cruel experiments, and harsh death penalties. Among the victims, was a Jewish prisoner, Elie Wiesel. Elie Wiesel and his memoir, “Night”, tells about his encounter with the Holocaust. His novel puts us in a world where nobody would dream of, let alone imagine. Elie Wiesel was deported into a concentration camp under the command of SS guards and ultimately under the idea of Hitler. Both, the SS guards and Hitler were vicious and heinous, committing crimes like none other. There's one influence that caught Hitler’s eye. One of the more modern, yet corrupt genocide known as the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian Genocide …show more content…

In the Armenian genocide, it was common for young boys, girls, and women to be raped and brutally killed. Those who survived were sent away into a family, "...mothers witnessing daughters being violated and sons and husbands being tortured and killed; young women being forced into conjugal relations with their Turkish or Kurdish abductors." Children especially in the Armenian genocide were treated harsher than others. As stated, they were forced into relationships with "Turkish or Kurdish abductors” (Peroomian). Many children were again, abused, raped, and abused in their relationships with the cruel abductors. Feeling sympathy for their children, Armenian women couldn't bare to see their children tortured and killed. Going along with children, in Elie Wiesel’s Night, a young boy is terrified, he is completely unaware of what will happen to him next. He was hanging onto his mother’s skirt, screaming, crying, and completely oblivious to his “new life”. This young boy was scared for his life. He had no idea where he was going and in the act, he was going to be separated by the SS guards whether he would like it or not. They were going to sent the boy to death right away or to work in the labor …show more content…

The prisoners brought in valuables to remember the most cherisable memories or valuables to help them live. Unfortunately, the Armenians were forced to give up their valuables to the guards. "For the perpetrators, killing had become a profitable enterprise as clothing and valuables were invariably taken from the victims" (Concentration Camps). The Armenian prisoners actually had a life and valuable things before the genocide. The Turkish Troops took all of their valuables away for a profit towards the Ottoman Empire, leaving nothing left for the Armenian prisoners. Going along with valuables, Elie Wiesel had to give up his valuables that helped him in certain situations while in the concentration camp. In his memoir Night, the poor prisoner had to give up his new shoes and his golden tooth crown. Both of the 'perpetrators' in the Armenian and the Holocaust wanted to make a profit out of the prisoners' belongings. “If you don’t give me your crown, you’ll pay for it even more” (Wiesel 52). This means that if Elie didn’t give up his crown, he would’ve suffered even more, meaning more torture, or even death by the SS guards. Knowing the consequences, Elie chose to give up his golden

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