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.
“A traumatic experience robs you of your identity” (Dr.Bill). Concentration camps during the agonizing Holocaust disallowed their prisoners to obtain a personal identity. The renowned memoir, Night, written by Holocaust survivor, Eliezer Wiesel, published in 1954 expands the apprehension of the life altering challenges and torment the Jewish society encountered from 1933 to 1945. Identity consists of an individual's distinctive characteristics, beliefs and mannerisms which was forbidden for the Jewish hostages of the Holocaust to attain. Elie’s identity was shaped and reshaped by the traumatic experiences the Jewish community persevered through.
Night by Elie Wiesel was a novel with great horror and suffering during the Holocaust. “Three days later, a new decree:every Jew had to wear the yellow star”(Wiesel 11).This quote marks the beginning of the religious segregation for Eliezer and his family. At this time the Jews had to wear stars, but as the novel progressed it got worse. It started as clothing then went to ghettos. Ghettos were enclosed districts where Jews lived separately from the world.
When Elie 's father got very ill the soldiers stopped giving him food so Elie shared half of his food with his father. The food was barely enough for one person and now he had to share with his father. As the days went on his father got worst and Elie knew his father would die soon. Elie know in the camp it was every man for themselves and the thought of sharing his food and its all being wasted keeps coming into his head. One of the other Jews advised him he should stop giving his father food and should keep it for him to stay strong and survive.
They had conquered Norway, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, and Luxemburg(An Introductory History of the Holocaust-Jewish Virtual Library). After German religious leaders protested, Hitler put an end to the Holocaust in August 1941(An Introductory History of the Holocaust-Jewish Virtual Library). In 1933, Jews in Germany were about 525,000 (1%) of the total German population(The Holocaust-World War 2). Between 1933 and 1939, hundreds of thousands of the Jews who could leave Germany, did, those who couldn’t, stayed in fear(The Holocaust-World War 2). Evidence has shown hatred towards the Jews long before the Holocaust(The Holocaust-World War 2).
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.
Nazis dehumanize the jews in multiple ways and for multiple reasons in the times of the holocaust. The holocaust took place during WWII. At this time the chancellor of Germany know as Adolf Hitler had ordered a crusade against the jewish race. In this time period over 6 million jewish people including men women and children. Families were stripped from their homes with nearly all of their possessions removed from them.After first entering the gates they weren't even allowed the cloths off their backs.Elie Wiesel introduces the theme of Dehumanization in the holocaust by reckoning event of his past life throughout the novel.
Starvation causes great suffering and deprives people of an essential part of life. This was one of the many ways the Nazis dehumanized Jews. The Jews in concentration camps were given only small portions of unsubstantial food. This made the prisoners weak and exhausted, while they were expected to still perform hard labor. “Bread, soup-these were my whole life.
Elie experienced the most dramatic and horrifying events from beatings, murders, hangings, and cremations as a young boy. The book Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki is about a young Japanese girl who is put into a concentration camp in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Although both Elie and Jeanne experienced hardships, Elie lost hope in humanity and had a great downhill, “the idea of dying 's, ceasing to be, began to fascinate me.” (Wiesel 86). Elie was taken and stripped from his rights as a human at the age of 14. Elie witnessed the most tragic events ever recorded in history, Elie lost hope in humanity along the way but he was one of very few to survive.
In the book Night, you learn the true horrors of the Holocaust. The Holocaust was a terrible event that occurred during WWII. It dehumanized millions of people and took away their human rights. They were forced out of their homes. They were beaten, tortured and killed.
in the autobiography, Night by Elie Wiesel explains the dehumanization of his family, his fellow Jews throughout World War II, and himself. Wiesel also describes how the people all through the autobiography change from civilized humans to vicious beings with animal like behavior. The process of dehumanization starts when Eliezer and the rest of the Jewish community are evacuated from their homes in Sighet, then through the harsh treatments the Jews receive in the concentration camps, and finally when the Jews begin to turn against each other trying to survive the move from one camp to the other towards the ending of World War II. The following signifies how the Jews were not treated as humans. At one point in the autobiography, they were forced
thrown into flames” (32). Elie couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Poor innocent Jewish babies were thrown into the air. Another example in the worst of humanity was when the camp that Elie had been in before everyone had to leave it. Instead of taking a train the prisoners had to run to their new camp.
You experience the worst young. In Elie Wiesel “Night” Teenage Elie is Jewish and was sent to the concentration camp with his family and struggled to maintain his identity in the society he’s in. In this memoir Elie tries to stay strong and survive living in the concentration camp during 1941-1945. Living in an oppressive society impacts Elie’s identity by shaping his views about the hungarian police, people in the camp, and himself. In the beginning before the jews were sent to the concentration camp the hungarian police were very violent towards the jews they were forcing them out the house treated them like they were in the military.
He was put into labor camps at a young age and was torn from his family. Like any other jew he was trapped in a ghetto, transported to a camp, and evaluated in the selection. He has gone through every painful event in the holocaust and the most painful event was knowing how his father died and that his father death brought him joy not sorrow. The Holocaust is an important because it shapes who he is. Wiesel wouldn 't have become a fighter for peace if he wouldn 't have experienced all the terrible thing his own kind did to him, the beatings, the hunger and the pain.