Cruelty and Mans Inhumanity

Topics: Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, The Holocaust Pages: 3 (976 words) Published: September 5, 2013
“POTENTIAL FOR MAN’S INHUMANITY TO MAN”

The novel “Night” shows that there is great inhumanity and cruelty displayed from this personal journey of Elie Wiesel. The Nazi are the ringleaders behind it all gradually making the Jews feel like nothing and only pawns for work. The Germans strip the Jews to nothing and take away everything close to them, separation from loved ones, isolation, transportation and the ruthless, cold actions towards them in the camps such as starvation, selections of the fittest and the struggle of survival becomes essential for their own self. However there are humane acts within the book which help Elie overcome some struggles and survive the brutality of the camps and war. This was all true to a great degree ,because the Nazis were following the orders of Hitler to create an Aryan race they did whatever he ordered, blaming the Jews for everything when they really had no involvement in the war, the Nazis were doing what they were told but with no real thought of their own actions. The Nazis towards the Jews are brutal, for example Idek's brutality to inmates, “Idek was on edge, he had trouble restraining himself”, “he threw himself on me like a wild beast, beating me in the chest, on my head, throwing me to the ground and picking me up again, crashing me with even more violent blows, until I was covered in blood.” This is an unhuman act because it won’t happen normally in someone’s day only if the person is mentally ill, this is what Elie had to endure one day in the warehouse when he crossed paths with Idek and what the camps can really be like for the Jews. Survival of the fittest can make people change and become greedy and selfish even to kill someone for getting what they want, “all of a sudden, this pleasant and intelligent young man had changed. His eyes were shining with greed.”, “what would you like? That I break your teeth by smashing your face?” this is what Franck an officer of the camp had said to threatened Elie because...
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