Night: Inhumanity/Genocide

Topics: Elie Wiesel, The Holocaust, Auschwitz concentration camp Pages: 4 (1386 words) Published: February 26, 2013
Night: Inhumanity/Genocide

Night, a memoir written by Elie Wiesel, is about a young boy and his experience in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. This young boy, Elie Wiesel, starts of as a religiously devout Jew that lives in a small community of Sighet, Hungarian Transylvania. In the spring of 1944, his close knit family of his parents and three sisters are deported to Birkenau. Elie is separated from his mother and his sisters at the arrival of the concentration camps. After a short stay, Elie and his father are transported to Auschwitz, Buna, and eventually Birkenau. They meet many others in the concentration camps. Idek, a Kapo, was very violent to the Jews although he was also a victim in the Holocaust; Elie feels his wrath at one point in the book. Throughout the course of Chlomo (Elie's father) and Elie's journey, they are dehumanized by being branded, beaten, starved, and forced to work past their limit. They watch many others die through the work of Germans, Kapos, and even other Jews. Ultimately, they were stripped of all their pride. Elie managed to survive it all, however, and was liberated on April 11, 1945.

One major theme portrayed in Night that I thought was really important was inhumanity. The definition of inhumanity is the lack of compassion or consideration for others, which is true for many of the characters in this memoir. Much more displays of cruelty are displayed in this book than actual kindness; inhumane acts towards Elie and his father are performed by everyone including Nazis, Kapos, and even other Jews. This book demonstrates that anyone with a sense of authority or power has the capability of mistreating whoever they want and is able to get away with it. There are a few characters in this book that are kind despite their status in power, but most of the leaders abuse their position because they are simply allowed to. Anyone, even the young, innocent ones, is capable of inflicting cruelty on their fellow prisoners in...
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