English 10 Block 1
30 January 2012
Indifference Killed Six Million
“Without passion, without haste, they slaughtered prisoners” (Wiesel 5). This quote came from the book Night by Elie Wiesel stating the horror of the way the Jews were treated in the Holocaust. No matter what the age or gender, they were all treated simply like animals. No one called the Jews by their names anymore, just their prison number as if they were only a figure to be put to work. The atrocities that happened so long ago were unimaginable. Since such dehumanization happened in the Holocaust, it is a big lesson to be learned and should be avoided in today’s society.
In the book, a character named Moshe the Beadle tells of his experience after being forced out of the Sighet. In the forest of Galicia near Kolomaye, the dehumanization starts. As Moshe tries to warn all of the Jews after his miraculous reappearance he says, “Each one had to go up to the hole and present his neck. Babies were thrown into the air and the machine gunners used them as targets” (Wiesel 5). They were even forced to dig graves, only to be thrown into the holes as soon as they were done. Yet no one believed that any human could be capable of committing such a crime, and they all dismissed him as mad. Little to their understanding, it would all become so real to them in a matter of time. The second act of dehumanization would be Wiesel’s experience in the Ghetto. After a few days the Jews were told news of deportation. Day by day, a new street was forced out of
their homes and into the Ghetto, being transferred to a concentration camp after that. While they waited in the road to be moved into their new home, they craved nothing but water. In the reading it says, “We stayed sitting down in the middle of the road, as the others had done the day before yesterday. There was the same infernal heat. The same thirst. But there was no longer ...
Cited: Wiesel, Elie. Night. Upper Saddle River: PrenticeHall, Inc., 2000. Print.
1. Vocabulary: 37
2. Plagiarism: 83%
3. Title: Good, no comments about it.
4. Transitional Sentences: 53
5. Overall grade: 84 B
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