Violation In Elie Wiesel's Night

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In his award winning book “Night” Elie Wiesel gives his first hand account of the terrors of the holocaust and Nazi Germany. He goes through to explain the injustices that happened to him and the rest of the jewish people living in europe at this time, telling of the horrid dehumanization of a whole race and others targeted by the Nazi regime. Many of the horrors perpetuated by this group are in direct violation of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. One instance of violation shows up when the prisoners are explaining how buna used to be to Elie.
The captive man talking to Elie goes on to explain “Back then, Buna was veritable hell. No water, no blankets, less soup and bread”. He then goes on to explain lots more about their treatment in the previous years.The things these prisoners were subjected
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Oh well, what of it? You don't die of it....'". Here he is referencing the yellow star the jews were forced to wear so they could be easily identified by the germans that had invaded. This violates 7th article of the UDHR. This states that all are equal before the law and are entitled without discrimination to protection of the law. Later on in the book we see Elie being subject to cruel punishment in the camp. He had seen one of the leaders at the camp engaging in relations with a female. For this he was beaten brutally with a whip, receiving 25 lashes. This is in violation of Article 5, which states that no one shall subject to torture at the hand of their government These are just a few of the violations to be found throughout the book. Every page is littered with the horrors and trials these individuals faced at this wretched time in history where a whole race was nearly eradicated at the hand of a tyrannical leader that manipulated millions. Now all we can do is learn from the past, educate our youth of these injustices and not allow the past to repeat
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