Why Did Elie Wiesel Use Concentration Camps During The Holocaust?

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“It all happened so fast. The ghetto. The deportation. The sealed cattle car. The fiery altar upon which the history of our people and the future of mankind were meant to be sacrificed.” Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel had experienced this when he was captured by the Nazi and taken to the camps. Concentration camps were probably the most inferior place in the world. Torture did not begin with the camps though. The fear that the Nazis would come for them would eat the Jews lives’ out. Then, when the Nazi captured the Jews, they had to go through the transportation which was another type torment. The camps would then come last, the final destination where many Jews’ lives would end. During the Holocaust, concentration camps impacted the lives…show more content…
Nazis came to rise after Adolf Hitler took control of Germany in early 1933. They started to invade other countries around them and succeeded in occupying almost all of Europe. Many people didn’t agree with the methods the Nazis used and therefore, started to rebel. To stop these rebels or the so-called “enemies of the state”, Nazis had started to construct concentration camps. According to The Holocaust Explained, “In Nazi Germany after 1933, and across Nazi controlled Europe, between 1938 and 1945, concentration camps became a major way in which Nazi imposed their control (Holocaust Explained, 1)”. The first concentration camps were set up for Polish prisoners and officials. The camps were labor camps where the detained would be forced to do grueling work with harsh, long hours. The first camps also housed many misfits including gypsies, roma and transgender people who the Nazi saw as weak, and intolerable. After the occupation of Poland in late 1939 the Nazi started capturing the Jews and putting them into the camps where they started to talk about the “Final Solution” or the end of all the Jews, and possibly of the whole world. The Nazi tried to hide this plan as much as possible, to not seem cruel when they actually were. Overall, Nazi built the concentration camps to detain the ‘enemies of the state’ and to persecute the…show more content…
The death camps were places where the detainees would be taken into chambers where toxic gas would be released and the prisoners would just drop dead. The “Final Solution” was one of the key elements that the Nazi Society believed in. Though at the beginning of the Nazi occupation of Europe work camps were the places where the prisoners were forced to work long grueling hours, later in the occupation they started to use death camps to help them in the “Final Solution”. According to the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum, “Millions of people were imprisoned and abused in the various types of Nazi camps. Under SS management, the Germans and their collaborators murdered more than three million Jews in the killing centers alone. Only a small fraction of those imprisoned in Nazi camps survived. (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 1)”. The prisoners were tortured in ways beyond imagination. A special few prisoners would be selected by Nazi doctors, who would then perform dangerous medical experiments on them. The Nazi’s would also beat the Jews and do many treacherous things to them. In conclusion, the Nazi work and death camps were dreadful and affected many the lives of many Jewish families in

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