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
“In a few seconds, we had ceased to be men” (PG.36). Elie is a Jewish boy from Transylvania who is taken to Auschwitz, where he is separated from his mother and sister. Elie and his father are then moved to the concentration camp called “Buna”, where they spend most of their time there. They then were forced to be evacuated to Gleiwitz, where they ran about 42 miles to reach their destination. They spent about 3 days at Gleiwitz and then they were transported to Buchenwald by train.
A single needle attached to a pen holder took away someone’s identity. A pair of disheveled, ill-fitting rags stripped someone of their individuality. Depriving someone of basic necessities took away their soul. Upon arrival at the camps Elie and his father were separated from his female family members, never to see them again. Immediately, Elie along with the other prisoners were subjected to camp life.
The Holocaust is the most significant historical event that I have studied so far. This tragic event took place during World War II and only very few survivors lived to share their shocking experiences. I have read a few of these survivor’s stories, such as Night, by Elie Wiesel and it has personally impacted me and influenced my thinking in various ways. The Holocaust was the greatest act of hate, violence, and anti-semitism.
During the time of 1933-1945 the Nazi’s implemented a series of dehumanizing actions towards the jewish. In the book “Night” by Eliezer Wiesel, Wiesel discusses his life before being deported to a concentration camp, his experience in concentrations camps, and how he was finally liberated. Through Wiesel, we are able to witness the way these unfortunate jewish people were stripped of their rights, experimented on and objectified. First of all, there were many laws that were being established that were specifically targeting the Jewish population as time was progressing in Nazi Germany. These laws made a huge impact and made it more difficult for the jewish community to live as “normal” human beings.
In many ways, Nazis had physically, mentally, and emotionally dehumanized their victims. The Jews were treated so badly by the Nazis that they felt as if they weren’t even humans; they felt like animals. For example, the Jewish prisoners were always being yelled at with harsh tones. Eliezer only remembers one time when a Polish
Firstly, many of the Jewish people were separated from each other both mentally and physically regardless of their feelings about the separation. An example of this was when the people were loaded into the cattle cars, eighty in each.
Throughout Night, dehumanization consistently took place as the tyrant Nazis oppressed the Jewish citizens. The Nazis targeted the Jews' humanity, and slowly dissolved their feeling of being human. The feeling of dehumanization was very common between the jews. They were constantly being treated as in they were animals. The author and narrator Elie Wiesel, personally experienced being treated like an animal
The German officer shouted, “There are eighty of you in the car, if anyone goes missing, you will all be shot, like dogs” (Wiesel 24). This shows that the Germans thought nothing of them. Instead the Germans compared the Jews to being like “dogs”, which showed that the Germans thought Jews were not worthy of being treated like a human. In conclusion, in World War II, the Jews were dehumanized because of their beliefs, they were treated as unworthy objects that are a burden to
In which millions of Jews were innocently killed and persecuted because of their religion. As a student who is familiar with the years of the holocaust that will forever live in infamy, Wiesel’s memoir has undoubtedly changed my perspective. Throughout the text, I have been emotionally touched by the topics of dehumanization, the young life of Elie Wiesel, and gained a better understanding of the Holocaust. With how dehumanization was portrayed through words, pondering my mind the most.
Night Night by Elie Wiesel is his own accounts of the Holocaust. Elie uses his experiences to inform others of the atrocities he saw, so that history will not allow such events to be repeated in the future. His family is separated. He and his father are sent to Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel survived the Holocaust and his accounts of Nazi death camps portray a dark time for moral values.
The millions of elders, adults, teens, children, and babies were forced to the loss of their innocence during the Holocaust. “They took our hair off with clippers, and shaved off all the hair on our bodies.” (Wiesel, 1960, page 33) This was one of the reasons they lost their innocence. At such a young age, Elie had lost his identity as his own individual human being.
When they 're being separated the Jews were packed into train cars with little food and water. They had no bathroom so that use the corners to do their business. “ forbidden to go outside, people relieve themselves in a corner. ”(Wiesel 22) the Jews lost their “names”, they were given new names that were tattoo to them. “ the three veteran prisoners, needles in hand, tattooed numbers on our left arms.
Night: Dehumanization “He was so terrible that he was no longer terrible. Only dehumanized” (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Jews were treated so badly that they began to act terribly but eventually they reached the point beyond repair and it was all due to dehumanization. The Holocaust took place in WW2, it was a horrific event that killed millions of Jews. Many Jews were taken from their homes and were killed, or were treated less than animals until death of starvation or exhaustion.
Lack of Humanity, Loss of Identity In Elie Wiesel’s “Night”, Elie begins the novel living a normal life in the small town of Sighet in Transylvania. He lives with a family of six, with his mother, father, and three sisters. The story picks up quickly after the Nazis move in, first taking away the town’s rights to own any gold, jewelry, or any valuables, then no longer have the right to restaurants, cafes, synagogues, or to even travel by rail. Soon the town of Sighet then came the ghettos. It was prohibited from leaving their homes after six o 'clock in the evening.