There were numerous attempts to make Louie and Miné feel invisible while they were in the internment and prisoner of war camps. One attempt was against Miné who, despite being a loyal citizen of the United States, was forced to live in an isolated internment camp. The article “The Life of Miné Okubo” states, “Finally, the presence of armed guards in the camps led to tragedy in a few cases when internees were killed for not obeying orders” (The Life of Miné Okubo, 5). Other Japanese Americans were killed for not obeying orders when they should not even be forced into camps. This instills much fear in Miné, as to be expected, making her feel even more invisible.
The life of a slave is a life that one should be glad they do not have to live. The voyage to the New World was very cruel for the slaves. In the first passage it says, “they are carried like sheep to the slaughter, and that the Europeans are fond of their flesh.” This shows how awful the slaves were treated. As mentioned before, they were even stripped of all their clothing, and belongings if they had any. Most slaves were so exhausted from the beatings, that they did not even want to eat, but if this happened, the white men would force food into their mouths.
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.
If a Japanese colonel was displeased with one of his majors, it would not be unusual for the colonel to strike the offending major a blow across the face to reinforce his reprimand. “Some Japanese soldiers admitted it was easy for them to kill because they had been taught that next to the emperor, all individual life even their own was valueless.” The culture of brutality & killing in the name of the emperor was expected out of all the soldiers, including their Korean and Taiwanese recruits. To an extent that these recruits would usually be given the worst beatings. Their this anger would be taken out on prisoners of war and
One thing that the Japanese did with the Chinese Soldiers was that they would call them cowards before either mercilessly beating them to death, or beheading them. They would rape the women from the age of 8 to older than 70. If they found anyone with their family they would make members of the family do horrible things to other family members, just to tear the family apart before killing them. Organization was used, as groups of Japanese soldiers would gather and go on mass killing sprees. Polarization was not used, because all of the Japanese already hated the Chinese, and they were already separated.
It all started when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, causing the U.S. citizens to be extremely furious and unite the support of media to create propagandas. The Japanese are portrayed with slanted small eyes and buck teeth- undermining the intelligence of their race; moreover, they were even dehumanized and depicted as animals. The U.S media was very biased when comparing the Chinese to the Japanese. While the Chinese man had an amiable appearance and a slender body, the Japanese had an unpleasant frown on his face and was described as short and stout (Miles). The article “WWII Propaganda: The Influence of Racism” also states that “The Chinese man’s occupation implies that he helps people, while the title of Japanese warrior alludes to danger and disloyalty,” (ibid).
How would you feel if one day you were told to leave your whole life behind to live in captivity just because people halfway across the world did something wrong? This horror story was all too true for the thousands of Japanese Americans alive during World War II. Almost overnight, thousands of proud Japanese Americans living on the west coast were forced to leave their homes and give up the life they knew. The United States government was not justified in the creation of Japanese internment camps because it stripped law-abiding American citizens of their rights out of unjustified fear. Furthermore, the United States should do more to compensate the families of those impacted by internment because the recompense provided initially was minimal and should be considered an affront to the memory of the victims.
The Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945) was despotic because there have been massive killings when people tried to oppose. The government was ruled directly through the military (Asia for Educators). The same used force in order to inflict fear upon people. During this time, a bug number of people because captives and were taken to Japan. Scholarly estimates tell that there were about 20, 000 to 100, 000 who became captives (Haboush & Robinson IX).
The reason why the definition of losing humanity is so wildly ranged is because losing humanity means losing oneself. A person slowly begins to forget who they are and what they believe in. We saw this with a SS soldier and how he was raised in a way not to degrade people, but followed society and murdered hundreds of innocent people. It can now be seen among the prisoners, as they forget what it is like to be treated as an individual as they are “deprived of everyone he loves, and at the same time his house, habits, his clothes, in short, of everything he possesses: he will be a hollow man, reduced to suffering and needs, forgetful of dignity and restraint, for he who loses all often loses himself.” (If this is a Man, 33). In If this is a Man by Primo Levi focuses on different people her met throughout this incarceration and how they helped him maintain his humanity,
Headspin, sadness, and death, that was all the soldiers of war had known. Most remember the war for the millions of people murdered by the German Nazis, but the suffering was all over the world. The Bataan Death March was an inhumane march suffered by thousands of Americans and Filipinos after losing to the Japanese. It was a reminder to the people that the war was a time of suffering and death. The soldiers fought for their country with bravery, courage, and strength, but that wasn’t enough.
Both very different camps. The concentration and internment camps aren’t the same thing because of how they got treated, the purpose of the camps, and the number of deaths. Nazi concentration camps and Japanese internment camps aren’t the same because of how they got treated in the camps. First, in concentration camps, Jews were starved. Nazi camps starved the Jews until they were considered “human skeletons” and could not even walk.
All these brave people faced harsh punishments such as being hung, shot, or killed with poisonous gas. To conclude, concentration camps did horrible thing to people just because Hitler did see them as "desirable", Hitler thought that we should live in a world without Jews. So he sent them to concentration camps. They lived in harsh conditions. They went through harsh labor that killed most of the people.
Elie Wiesel has been through hell and back, suffering from malnutrition, horrible weather conditions, and self torture. The Nazis dehumanized the Jews in Auschwitz by taking their humanity, making them fight for survival, and slaughtering and treating them like animals. During the beginning of the Holocaust Jews had been forced out of their homes, and had their clothes stripped off. Women and children were either raped or killed “dentist” that would call in Jews and pull out their gold teeth. Elie tried to avoid that by telling the Nazis he had been sick but eventually he was forced to have his teeth pulled out.
Some of these people are on suicide watch yet we are turning a blind eye. They are protesting, having hunger strikes and stitching their mouths together to express that they are still there and they are still being mistreated. Still our government and media are ignoring their pleas for freedom. I want to particularly focus right now on Manus Island which is now being treated as a military operation, Operation Sovereign Borders. People there have mutilated, starved, poisoned, harmed and have killed themselves from desperation.
“The first concentration camps were made to detain people without trial, usually under harsh conditions.” (www.theholocaustexplained.org) The Nazis did this because they discriminate and hate the Jews. “German authorities established camps to handle the masses of people arrested as alleged subversives.” (www.ushmm.org) Germany blamed the Jews for their loss of World War I. “Concentration camps held two purposes, these purposes were to demoralize and dehumanize the prisoners.” (www.owlspace-ccm.rice.edu) The Nazis tortured them and made them break on the inside. It was sad to be taken to a concentration camp because it meant that it was the end of your life.