The Treatment Of Children In Elie Wiesel's Night

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“Each day I was submerged in hot water. Whenever I tried to put my head out of the water to breathe I was forced back into the water by Dr. Josef Mengele’s stick. He was enjoying himself. This lasted for 10 minutes. I was immediately afterward put into cold water and the same procedure was repeated.” (Mrs.G a Holocaust survivor).
The Holocaust was one of the darkest periods in human history, during which millions of people were systematically murdered by the Nazi regime. Among the victims were over one million Jewish children, who were targeted for extermination simply because of their religion. Yet there were six million Jews killed in total. The treatment of children in the Holocaust was particularly brutal, and it is a tragic chapter in …show more content…

The book itself portrays the brutal treatment of children during this dark period in time.“In the beginning, there was faith - which is childish; trust - which is vain; and illusion - which is dangerous.” (Wiesel). Elie Wiesel was treated cruelly as a child during the Holocaust. He was born in Romania and grew up in a small village where he was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family. When he was 15 years old, he and his family were taken to Auschwitz, a concentration camp in Poland. During his time there, he witnessed the brutal treatment of Jews, including forced labor, starvation, and torture. Elie and his father were separated from his mother and sister, who were sent to the gas chambers. Despite the unimaginable horrors he experienced, Elie survived and went on to become a renowned writer and humanitarian, dedicating his life to promoting peace and understanding. Throughout the book, Wiesel describes the inhumane conditions that he and other children were forced to endure, including the long death marches, the cramped and unsanitary living conditions, and the constant threat of violence and death. For example, Weisel stated in his memoir- “A truck drew close and unloaded its hold small children. Babies yes I did see this with my own eyes children thrown into the flames"(Wiesel. 32). Wiesel also describes the horrific medical experiments that he witnessed, including the use of children as test subjects for new drugs and surgical procedures. The book provides a firsthand account of the unruly treatment committed against children during the Holocaust, and it is a powerful reminder of the need to never forget the lessons of the

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