Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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The Holocaust, one of the most atrocious events in human history, left a deep and lasting impact on the world. Elie Wiesel’s Night depicts the dehumanization and degradation experienced by the Jewish people during this time. Why do some people survive and some don't? The people who have survived had a purpose of fulfillment or a reason to keep going and not give up on life. The people who have died have given up on life and lost their meaning to life while people striving to do anything to survive will live. Elie Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor who wrote Night, a memoir that describes his experiences in the Nazi concentration camps. "Night" vividly portrays the atrocities committed against the Jewish people during the Holocaust. One of …show more content…

Many survivors experienced severe trauma, depression, and anxiety that lasted long after the Holocaust ended. The dehumanization tactics used by the Nazis stripped the Jewish people of their sense of self and identity, leading many to feel empty and disconnected. For example, Wiesel’s father died earlier than he might have, due to the psychological and spiritual impact of the Holocaust. The Jews during the camps in “Night” had lost their sanity and will to live. For example, Elie Wiesel had given up on his god and felt that this was his punishment. He didn’t fast for his religion and didn’t want to believe it anymore. Prisoners had more faith in Hitler than in God himself because Hitler proved everything he said he would do, unlike God who felt he was punishing them and abandoning them. It affected all the Jews because all of them felt like there was nothing to live for because they lost hope that their families or loved ones have passed or the future serves no purpose except destruction and despair. The prisoners did not care when bombs were going off in the prison cell. They did not care that they were going to die. There were a lot of Jews that gave up but there were some survivors that strove to keep on living. Why did they do that and what was their purpose to keep on going even in a tragedy …show more content…

Some survivors keep going on to live to see the future and to tell the story of a tragedy. In “Survival from Auschwitz” Primo Levi talks about how one must keep going to tell the future about their journey. “We must certainly wash our faces with soap and not dirty water and dry ourselves with our jackets, we must walk erect not dragging our feet”. That statement from the article talked about keeping on doing your daily cleaning and keeping your humane to keep on going and not begin to give up. Be the one person to tell everyone and the world what you went through. Take revenge for loved ones just by trying every day to live. Another article by Viktor Frankl "Man's Search for Meaning" talks about man's search for meaning to live during the Holocaust. One of the main purposes of living was to keep on going for loved ones. When in doubt Viktor felt like there was no purpose in living but realized the power of love was strong and could not be broken by anything. Love is very powerful and it made him find his true spiritual being. His image of his beloved and his thoughts about his loved ones could not be touched by anything. Lastly, the book "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by the Japanese during World War II. Zamperini survived two and a half years of brutal captivity and torture by

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