Night: Dehumanization “He was so terrible that he was no longer terrible. Only dehumanized” (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Jews were treated so badly that they began to act terribly but eventually they reached the point beyond repair and it was all due to dehumanization. The Holocaust took place in WW2, it was a horrific event that killed millions of Jews. Many Jews were taken from their homes and were killed, or were treated less than animals until death of starvation or exhaustion.
They would mow down row upon row of shivering, half naked adults, and smash the heads of babies with a show of pity or remorse(Wistrich). The psychological effect on those who lived during the Holocaust are beyond any superficial description. Hitler mainly targeted the Jewish population because he defined Jews as a race not a religion. For the period of 12 years million of Jews lived under the Nazi power and it persecution towards them. They held the highest population in all and every camp.
Thousands of twins died during this time because of Mengele’s obsession of twins and of the many unknown experiments that they had to go through. Gypsies were sent to auschwitz because of the persecution directed towards them. During the Holocaust many German people disliked the Gypsies. They believed that they were less than they were and said that they had an increased criminal rate. Many said the same about the other groups that were victims of the Holocaust as well.
Mental dehumanization was the stage in which saddened me the most. An example was when Wiesel and all the jewish prisoners in Bruna had assembled on the Appelplatz on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, his thoughts were, “Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because he caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves?” (Wiesel 67). Elie Wiesel was very religious before he
By writing the analogy, Wiesel emphasizes how poorly they were treated, giving the audience a glimpse at what occurred in concentration camps. Throughout the book, the audience is shown the terror that the Jews suffered during the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel survived through that torture, and later wrote the book Night in an attempt for others to understand what happened. He used foreshadowing, diction that conveys demoralization, and analogies to aid his writing to depict what he saw. Though millions of Jews were killed senselessly in the Holocaust, words are everlasting, meaning Night will continue to enlighten people’s
While reading, I concluded that the generalization made about this book was true. After arriving to Auschwitz, Wiesel saw horrifying things. There were dead bodies piled up, big pits in the ground, and dead babies also. The lives of the poor, innocent people were taken every minute. Many suffered from the sight of how the SS soldiers treated the
In the book, Night, Dehumanization majorly affects the Jews. Dehumanization is the process by which the Nazis gradually reduced the Jews to little more than things. It makes the Jews want to give up. There are many examples of dehumanization, including beating, selection, and robbery. Eliezer was whipped in front of everyone during roll call, “…I shall therefore try to make him understand clearly once and for all…I no longer felt anything except the lashes of the whip.”(Wiesel 57).
Some soldiers would even go crazy from seeing all of their comrades being slaughtered in front of them. Who could possibly not be affected by dead bodies all around them, especially if they were to be your friend or family. In the end if the soldier wanted to survive they had to either turn off their emotions or suffer emotionally till eventually they went
I think that death ends The Book Thief by saying, “I am haunted by humans,” because of the hatred and malice that humans possess. Firstly, on page 491, death describes how he was the one who served Hitler most faithfully, since he was always collecting millions of souls during Hitler’s reign, simply because there were some people that Hitler disliked and thought should be killed. This shows how hostile the human race can be, proving death’s point. Another detail that supports this statement is the Jew parades. The Jewish people are led through the town, on their way to Concentration Camps, and if any townsperson tries to offer help to them, they are brutally whipped and beaten, while other Nazi supporters stand on the sidewalks and cheer and
The Holocaust was a mass murdering during World War 2 when Adolf Hitler ordered nazis to kill all the Jews and during the Holocaust, around 6 million Jews were killed. The holocaust was one of the worst events in history because of how many innocent people, even if they were babies, kids, and elders were killed. Some informative or nonfiction articles include objectivity. Objectivity is when a text has statistics and facts. Subjective texts include opinions, point of views, and shows emotions.
Thousands of Jewish prisoners were killed per day in concentration camps. The way the Nazis succeeded in killing this much Jews was by creating gas chambers and crematoriums. First, in the novel night, Elie Wiesel described how he witnessed dozens of “children being thrown into the flames.” Wiesel was told when he arrived to Auschwitz that “Here, you must work. If you don’t you will go straight to the chimney. To the crematorium.