Primo Levi’s story of prisoners in Auschwitz is a story of his own life, accompanied by others, all who endured years of mass torture, such as: starvation, abrupt climate changes, traveling conditions, dehumanization, humiliation, all which strip them from their own humanities slowly without knowing. Levi was tested mentally and physically throughout his entire story. Levi was captured by the Fascist Militia on December 13, 1943 and taken to multiple places around Germany that were not at all maintained for essential living capabilities. Once Levi arrived at Fossoli, a detention camp near Modena, there were about 150 prisoners. Just a few weeks later, there were over 600 prisoners.
In the memoir Night, the narrator Elie Wiesel recounts a moment when they were still being tortured in every way even after being evacuated. “The snow fell thickly. We were forbidden to sit down or even move (Weisel 92). Wiesel, the author shows how poorly the inmates were being cared for, treated worse than animals. As the author describes his experiences, many other examples of inhumanity are revealed.
Throughout the tragic times of the Holocaust, in an attempt to excuse their actions, the Nazis dehumanized the Jews. This was a crucial factor in the Jews losing their innocence in Auschwitz. In Night the Nazis treated Elie, his father and his fellow Jews more as ‘things’ than people. The Jews were worked to death, and killed as if
Elie Wiesel’s true story Night, is an intriguing story about the Holocaust. The guards and even veteran prisoners are cruel to others. The punishments, even for tiny faults, are unthinkably horrid. Man does not care how old or weak someone is; this makes the children and teens change and act inhumane towards other prisoners, even towards their own family. It clearly, and painfully, explains man’s inhumanity to man.
Before this occurs, however, the Jews are stripped of all of their freedom, belongings, and much of their clothes. Instead, the Nazis view them only by their Jewish heritage. This removes every person’s individuality, as they are defined according to what they have. The manner that the people were transported was through cattle cars. This was a particularly harsh and unhealthy environment.
From both the author’s preface and chapter one I was able to determine that the desired audience is anyone who has heard about the holocaust and knows the atrocities that occurred. With this in mind Levi hopes to “furnish documentation [ to understand] certain aspects of the human mind. ”(Levi9) His audience could also include young adults with the purpose of helping them understand the severity of it and understand it as a “sinister alarm-signal.” Moving on to rhetorical techniques, Levi’s tone which seemed to be full of emotion helped strengthen the overall purpose of the book.
Under slave-labor conditions, severely malnourished and decimated by the frequent selections, the Jews take solace in caring for each other, in religion, and in Zionism, a movement favoring the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, considered the holy land. The prisoners are forced to watch the hanging of fellow prisoners in the camp courtyard. They even hang small child. Because of the horrific conditions in the camps, many of the prisoners begin to slide into cruelty, concerned only with personal survival. Sons begin to abandon and abuse their fathers.
This tells the readers how the Nazis wouldn’d feed some of the Jew’s. Whenever a Jew began to look like he was dying or sick then they did not feed them. The Nazis were very cruel to the Jews when it came to food and care. They don’t take care of the Jews almost at all and they only feed them stale bread, coffee, and soup that had almost no nutrients in it. This quote from the memoir Night is a good example to show the readers how cruel the Nazis were when it came to basic care for the Jewish prisoners within the Nazis concentration camps and how some prisoners would starve to death and also why some prisoners stole food from one
Night has revealed to me the immensity of the suffering and ruthlessness that Jews were subjected to on daily basis during the holocaust in an emotional and moving first-hand experience. I choose a train, symbol of oppression, to represent the initial separation from a normal life in which everyone inside the crowded train car received, along with a taste of the pain and suffering that was soon to be forced upon them. I choose this quote to show how shocking mentally and physically the transition phase was from a normal life to that of the oppressed and to emphasize how easily he gave up in the beginning. Despite this, he managed to persevere and overcome the enormous challenges of surviving in a concentration camp.
“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.
Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night tells the personal tale of his account of the inhumanity and brutality the Nazis showed during the Holocaust. Night depicts the story of a young Jew from the small town of Sighet named Eliezer. Wiesel and his family are deported to the concentration camp known as Auschwitz. He must learn to survive with his father’s help until he finds liberation from the horror of the camp. This memoir, however, hides a greater lesson that can only be revealed through careful analyzation.
To find a man who has not experienced suffering is impossible; to have man without hardship is equally unfeasible. Such trials are a part of life and assert that one is alive by shaping one’s character. In the autobiographical memoir Night by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, this molding is depicted through Elie’s transformation concerning his identity, faith, and perspective. As a young boy, Elie and his fellow neighbors of Sighet, Romania were sent to Auschwitz, a macabre concentration camp with the sole motive of torturing and killing Jews like himself. There, Elie experiences unimaginable suffering, and upon liberation a year later, leaves as a transformed person.