Book Report On If They Run They Will Be Shot Like Dogs By Elie Wiesel

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During World War II, the Jewish people were treated like objects rather than people by their Nazi captors. The Nazi’s view of the Jews was not a good one. They weren’t viewed as human anymore.

The Nazis had absolutely no respect for the Jewish people whatsoever. They treated the Jews like they were less than human, like they were animals. “ If they run, they will be shot like dogs” is a quote from the book from one of the Nazi officers saying that if the Jews try to run away they would be shot. He was talking about them being loaded onto cattle cars to be delivered to concentration camps all over Germany. They would be put onto cattle cars, and they were even forced to march from their homes or cities to camps against their will. If the stopped, …show more content…

Living in them must have been the worst experience a person could have endured during World War II besides being in the war itself and fighting on the front lines. Everyday life at a concentration camp were horrible. First you would be woken up at around 4 a.m. Then on to breakfast, which would usually be very small portions of bread and maybe some coffee. After breakfast you would go to roll call to make sure you were still there and ready to be forced to work from sun up to sun down. After roll call you would march to the yard to work. Work would include digging ditches or tunnels, often by hand, and often resulting in death because you could work fast enough for the guards approval with your hands and you would be shot. Work would usually be 12-14 hours a day, moving sandbags, digging, moving heavy stones, or even working in a factory. Factory work was just as horrible as working in the yard, being in a factory didn’t mean you had it easy. All work in a camp was very stressful, laborious, and long. All the work in the camp was done as fast as possible, and as hard as possible. If it wasn’t up to the guards’ standards, you would be taken away from your work and killed. After morning work, there would be a lunch break. At lunch, you didn’t have much time to eat what little, if any, food they gave you. A whistle signaling the end of lunch break would send you right back to your afternoon shift of work. The afternoon was said to be harder because you were more hungry in the afternoon from little to no lunch and such hard work. Men working would often faint due to the harsh conditions, and if you happened to faint, you would be beaten to death by the SS guards watching over your progress at work. “Without passion, without haste, they slaughtered prisoners” Elie said about the treatment of the workers in the camps. After another whistle sounded, you would be brought back from the yard or factories to the camp,

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