Elie Wiesel Human Rights Violations

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Violations of our Everyday Life
During the Holocaust, many of the Human Rights we exercise today were broken. Consequently, millions of innocent and law-abiding people were killed during this time. The Jews were forced to labor endlessly in concentration camps, and lives were changed for the worse. Three of our precious Human Rights that were broken were: Our right to equality, freedom from discrimination, and the license from torture and degrading treatment. Their equality was destroyed at the start of the Holocaust. Prisoner clothes and numbers defined the Jews. Their names were a prisoner code. Moreover, on pg. 51, Wiesel states, “The three ‘veterans’, with needles in their hands, engraved a number on our left arms. I became A-7713. After that I had no other name.” It seems as if they were test subjects because they had been given that name. Also, they received rations of bread and soup, but it was most likely far less than the leaders of the camp, and most likely the food given wasn’t that healthy being that they were in a concentration camp. “The Hungarian Police made us get in- eighty people in each car. We were left a few loaves of bread and some buckets of water”, Wiesel stated on
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Most of the time, the SS lashed the Jews and publicly tortured them for no reason. For example, on pg. 65, Wiesel expounds, “Twenty- four, twenty- five!’ It was over. I had not realized it, but I had fainted. I came to when they doused me with cold water.” There were many innocent children living in concentration camps, but nevertheless, they were beaten to the same extent as their parents. Also, on pg. 54, Wiesel states, “At first, my father simply doubled over under the blows, but then he seemed to break in two like an old tree struck by lightning.” Anyone could be beaten at any time with no justification. The act of randomly beating prisoners did not make any sense and was an insane act of
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