Dehumanization In Eliezer Wiesel's Night

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“I became A-7713. From then on, I had no other name.” For many Jewish people in the time of the Holocaust, this was the case. As the Nazis attacked the Jews, they treated them harshly. No matter how old or young or whether they were a male or female, they were treated like animals. The Nazis believed that Jews were a nuisance to them. In the book Night, they describe events that happened to one individual, Eliezer Wiesel. The three acts of dehumanization in Night are how the Jews were forced out of Sighet,how all families were separated, and having to travel by foot in freezing conditions.
Moshe the Beadle was forced out of Sighet because he was a foreigner. After he came back, he tried to warn all of the Jews in his community. “Each one
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Many men traveling with Eliezer had died from hypothermia along the way. They were freezing and tired. They had nothing to eat so they ate snow. If someone fell on the side of the road, they would be killed by an SS officer. The men walked for miles and miles and soon some just laid on the side of the road. They had no protection from the cold and snow. They were slowly dying from the cold and tiredness. The journey was long. “The idea of dying, ceasing to be, began to fascinate me. To no longer exist. To no longer feel the excruciating pain of my foot. To no longer feel anything, neither fatigue nor cold, nothing. To break rank, to let myself slide to the side of the road…” (Wiesel 86)
The acts of these Nazi soldiers were terrible and I can’t imagine being in as tough a situation as Eliezer and his father. The three acts of dehumanization that were committed were that they were forced out of their towns, separated from their families, and forced to walk miles and miles in freezing cold weather. It amazes me how a fifteen year old boy was able to survive all of these terrible things that have happened to him and many others during the Holocaust. We should learn from these terrible things to make sure that it never happens
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