The cruelty of the German officers also changed the other Jews as well. The events of the Holocaust forces the prisoners to fend for themselves, and not help others. On Elie’s fourth day at Buna, some prisoners are chosen by the Kapos to work in a warehouse counting bolts, bulbs, and small electrical parts. Elie describes the Kapos choosing the prisoners to work: “Each one began to choose the men he liked: "You...you...you... " They pointed their fingers, the way one might choose cattle, or merchandise” (Wiesel 49). The Kapos treat prisoners
Inside these sectionalized camps people were separated by gender, country of origin, captured enemies of state and their sexual orientation. Roma and Jewish families were ripped apart from each other as part of the Nazi effort to inflict as much emotional and psychological pain as possible. Prisoners were lined up by gender and physicians examined them as part of the selection process to decide who would go into labor camps or who would be put to death (Auschwitz- Birkenau 1). Living conditions at labor camps were less than ideal and more often than not people died from the strenuous activity. The SS guards at the camp worked the people relentlessly and once they became too weak to work they killed them in the gas chambers.
SS: In the Book Thief a lot of chapter 54 is about the SS guards marching the Jews down Himmel street. As Liesel watches and makes eye contact with some of them she begins to feel helpless and sympathetic because the SS are dehumanizing the Jews. The SS was the black-shirted elite guard of Hitler, later the political police in charge of the concentration and death camps. They were the ones who marched the Jews down Himmel Street and the ones that got Hans whipped. General Connections: Parental Relationships: In the Book Thief Liesel was sent to live with the Hubermanns because her mom was a communist.
From 1940 to end on Jews were systematically move to the death camps specifically built to exterminate the Jews. Schindler’s List displays this by showing how the Jews were sent to forced labour camps such as the Plaszow. When they arrived to these labour and concentration camps, they were separated by gender as told “men to the left, women to the right”, this separated families causing more effective discomfort to the Jews. In the labour camps, many Jews were shot often resulting in death because they were not working to the satisfaction of the Nazis or SS officers who were in charge of that labour camp. If any Jews were seen as unhealthy they were sent to death camps.
Inside both works you can find the general mood of sadness. The relationship of a father and son during the struggle of the Holocaust. As well as the experience of the prisoners in the camps. In the novel Night and the movie “Life is Beautiful,” the Holocasut is was experienced both similarly and differently through the father/son relationship, the tone of the piece, and the experiences of the Jewish prisoners. Father/Son Relationship While both Night and “Life is Beautiful” center around a father and son’s plight through the Holocaust, each differ in the relational aspect of the bond therefore altering the way the
This is evident when the Hubermanns, Liesel 's foster parents, take in a Jew named Max Vandenburg. Hiding Max is very significant given the Hubermanns lived in Nazi Germany, a society that killed Jews and anybody who would dare to associate with them. “For me, the sky was the color of Jews. They just kept feeding me. Minute after minute.
Auschwitz Concentration Camp The Nazis thought concentration camps were a good way to detain individuals, one of the largest and most outrageous concentration camps was known as Auschwitz, millions of people died and few survived. Auschwitz had three major death camps, Auschwitz I was where medical and chemical experiments were done. Poland’s first and largest concentration camp, established in 1940 by SS authorities was known as Auschwitz. It was a detention center used by the Nazi Regimes as a way to keep political prisoners, suspected enemies and others not supportive of Nazi Germany together. People sent to Auschwitz were used as forced laborers for the war and other jobs.
When liberating Auschwitz the Red army described the people as living “skeletons”. The camp smelled terrible because of all the unburied bodies that were stacked up in sheds and broken buildings. They also found over seven tons of human hair, about 836,000 women’s coats and 349,000 men’s suits. Then when liberating Majdanek the Red army found much of the same characteristics but the prisoners were so far past the breaking point that they would say when they were going to die, and they wished for it. There were stacks of dried, bleached bones and skulls.
One of the largest death camps in Germany, Auschwitz, was a result of the Wannsee Conference. This camp was known for the gas chambers that killed 6 thousand Jews a day (The Holocaust Notes, pg 4&7). After waiting in line to be evaluated by “doctors,” Jews were separated in different groups, most of which were sent to the “showers” that were actually gas chambers and got carbon monoxide poisoning. The others who weren't killed immediately worked at the camp and either starved to death or were later purged. By the end of World War 2, about 6 million Jews were murdered in concentration camps (Textbook, pg 503-504).
For example, the red triangle identified political prisoners, pink triangle identified the homosexuals, green triangle identified the criminals, blue triangle identified the foreign prisoners, etc. Approximately 100.000 (Jewish Virtual Library) prisoners died of starvation, disease, forced labor, maltreatment or systematic execution by the SS guards in the area of the execution trench. Many prisoners were also selected for the now infamous Nazi medical experimentations which took place in the infirmary barracks of the camp. When the Soviets reached the Oder River, the commandant of Sachsenhausen ordered the immediate evacuation of the camp. Thousands of prisoners died on the forced "death march" as a result of the freezing weather, weak health and starvation.
“Him and the other foreign Jews were carted off, where the Gestapo took over and forced them to dig their own graves yet Moishe escaped because he was shot in the leg and left for dead” (Wiesel 16). As Moshe went from house to house, day and night, he was warning the Jews about what was about
Spielberg’s portrayal of the Holocaust accurately represents the original events. The scenes throughout the movie successfully illustrate the horrific lives of the Jews and the hardships they had to overcome. The scene of the Jews entering the ghetto on March 20, 1941 accurately describes the difficulties they had to endure nearly 50 years ago. The disorganization for admission, verbal abuse from the Polish and harsh treatment of the people depicts the real circumstances faced by the Jews of the time. During the scene of the Kraków ghetto evacuation, Schindler views the appalling methods used by the Nazis to send them to the Plaszów labor camp.
People were separated from their families and gassed or burned just to keep up with how many people were coming into the camp, or just to amuse themselves. The book and movie Devil’s Arithmetic go into a lot of detail on what happened to the Jews during the holocaust. Not near enough to really show how terrible they were treated. The Devil’s Arithmetic written by Jane Yolen and the Movie based off it Produced by Dustin Hoffman went into
He gave him water, his rations, and carried him throughout the camp even while he wanted to lay down like the other old men from the camp. Elie knew that all those men would get burned and killed because they were of no use to the Germans anymore. In conclusion there are several accounts in the novel Night by Elie Weizel where his faith in religion is tested. When he is separated from his family at the arrival of Auschwitz, When he and another turn against their fathers from the traumatization of the camp itself, and when his father is dying near the end of
Nazi camps starved the Jews until they were considered “human skeletons” and could not even walk. Second, some Jews had to fall from great heights for a job. A job for Jews was sometimes to fall from high places so the SS could see how high somebody could be dropped until they broke a bone. Finally, concentration camps were not immune to disease. After put in the camps, Jews had their head shaved.