Dehumanized In Night By Elie Wiesel

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The Nazis took away the rights of Jews because they believe they were less than human and imperfect. At first the tales of what the Nazis were doing to “imperfect” people seemed unreal. People refuse to believe “Infants were tossed into the air and used as targets for the machine guns.”(Weisel 6) They will not believe a human being could do that. Eventually, "the curtain finally rose: the Germans arrested the leaders of the Jewish community" (Wiesel 10).One step at a time, Jews are dehumanized and their identity and rights given to them as a human being is taken away from them. To some people, all they are is a number tattooed on their arm. By telling his traumatizing story, Elie Wiesel describes a world taken over by the belief of people …show more content…

All Jews become the same when “clippers tore out [their] hair, shaved every hair on [their] bodies.” (Wiesel 42) Jews are also forced to wear yellow stars to make it clear that they are Jews. “The yellow star? So what? It’s not lethal …”(Wiesel 11) and the star is a sign of the Jew's religion, yet it made the Jews feel ashamed and scared. It made it clear they were Jews which made people not want to associate with them. They were all also tattooed a number which became their name. Elie Wiesel becomes "A-7713. From then on, [he has] no other name.” (Wiesel 42) They were all forced to wear the same clothes. With the same clothes and shaved heads, Jews are nearly impossible to tell …show more content…

Separating the Jews from the rest of the society is done in levels. The first thing the Nazis do to keep Jews away from normal society is “[prohibit them] from leaving their residences for three days, under penalty of death.” (Wiesel 10) Next, “the Hungarian police burst into every Jewish home in town: a Jew was henceforth forbidden to own gold, jewelry, or any valuables.” (Wiesel 10) More and more laws limiting what the Jews could do. Rights such as “to frequent restaurants or cafés, to travel by rail, to attend synagogue, to be on the streets after six o’clock in the evening.” (Wiesel 11) was taken away from the Jews. After that, Jews were put into ghettos. Ghettos are surrounded by a barbed wire fence, so no one can get in or out. People inside have to rely on food and other supplies being brought to the ghetto. Finally, the Jews are brought to concentration camps, so they see no one except other prisoners and only other prisoners see them. In these camps Jews rarely are given food and are forced to work. Many people die and suffer in these

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