Elie witnessed this type of animalistic behavior when he is crouched in the cattle car traveling from Gleiwitz to Buchenwald and another Jew dragged himself on all fours to hide a piece of bread under his shirt . “Meir, my little Meir! Don’t you recognize me...you’re killing your father...I have bread...for you too… for you too” (Wiesel 101). The son killed his father over bread; this displays the desperate need for food and the length he is willing to go to get it. He killed his father to get the crust of bread not realizing or perhaps caring that it's his father as long as he gets the bread.
After sending young children, women, and the elderly away, men and older boys were gathered to be inspected. The Schutzstaffel (S.S.) picked the able-bodied men and older boys who could work and sent the rest to the crematory. Wiesel and his father lie about their ages in order to clear the first “selection”. On their way, to the barracks, Elie Wiesel witnesses a horrific scene “A lorry drew up at the pit and delivered its load-little children. Babies!
Just as the water buffalo was tortured to death, most of the men in Alpha Company feel helpless in their situation. Kiley lost his friend and to escape the pain he choses to take it out on the buffalo. This scene also sparks the theme of revenge, and as you read other sections you begin to realize the primitive nature these men have devolved into. In the chapters Friends and Enemies, you see the evolution of emotional trauma through Lee Strunk and Dave Jensen.
“Night” by Ellie Wiesel is a memoir of Ellie’s years during the Holocaust at the Nazi’s concentration camps. The book is his true story telling about the death of his friends and family,what he encountered, and how he started to lose faith in God. Ellie experienced many instances of dehumanization like when the Germans threw bread, and when he was cruelly punished. When the Front was moving closer to the camps, the Nazis moved Ellie and the others to Buchenwald. When they arrived, many Germans were watching the train while laughing and throwing bread.
On the subject of this, the first experience of dehumanization Wiesel experienced was when he and his family were forced into wagons packed with other innocent jews and he says, “After two days of travel, thirst became intolerable, as did the heat” (Wiesel 23). For two days, eighty jews were packed together like sardines on train wagons with no food or water. This horrified me on how the Nazis treated them like prisoners guilty of crimes that justified their own actions against the Jews. The three stages of dehumanization, which is mental, physical, and emotional, were represented throughout the memoir. Mental dehumanization was the stage in which saddened me the most.
When Moishe is taken away from the town of Sighet, he returns only to described the horrific series of murders he witnessed. Saying in detail how German officers would use babies as target practice for the machine guns, family members were killed in front of other members, and of the father who plead to be killed before his son. The other Jews did not believe his stories, until the German army arrived at their town. The army took their rights away slowly, which prompted the Jews to change emotionally. Eventually they stopped being seen as human, as they were prohibited to go to restaurants or cafes.
When the Oberkapo was arrested on suspicion of sabotage and evicted from the camp, however, the Gestapo continued to question the boy and finally convicted him of the compliance in the efforts to hide weapons that had been found in a building under the Oberkapo’s supervision. There was no showcase of defiance before the boy died. There was no celebration among the prisoners as they had recognized the inhumanity and injustice of the execution of this child. However, there came the realization of the ultimate cruelty of his death. On page 65 of Night by Elie Wiesel it states “the third rope was still moving: the child, too light, was still breathing...And so he remained for more than half an hour, lingering between life and death, writing before our eyes.
Sadly he was caught and hung. When the battle front moved close to the camp, the clearing where the Jews were fed had two cauldrons of soup. Everyone sat in the shadows unsure of whether they should take the risk, for they knew it would be suicide. One man dared challenge the status quo and ran towards the soup, but he was shot in the back and “[fell] to the ground, his face stained by the soup” (60). As the battlefront
How this movie The Book Thief relate to the theme of Holocaust is because during the movie they keep a boy who has ran away from his home because they took over and they are trying to find all you. Come to he comes to this house where they accept him and take care of him because when he gets there he is really sick. The wife spoon feeds him soup which he pukes up but eventually learns how to digest. After a while he could not stay in the top one with everyone else so they moved him to the basement where he did not have a bed just a blanket and had to sleep on the floor. This is where he met a little girl named Lisa who showed him life and happiness.
To cover up their transgression they killed a goat kid and dipped Joseph’s coat in it. Then, they showed this coat to Jacob who immediately recognized it and assumed that a wild beast killed Joseph. Jacob mourned his loss until the day that he realized that Joseph was still alive. So heavy was his mourning that the brothers were constantly reminded of their evil deeds. The brothers lived in constant guilt and shame.