The Horrors of Dehumanization
“The Almighty himself was a slaughterer: it was He who decided who would live and who would die; who would be tortured, and who would be rewarded” (Wiesel, “Hope, Despair”). The author of Night, a novel documenting the horrible and gruesome events of the holocaust, Elie Wiesel expresses his experiences and observations in which he and his fellow Jews were dehumanized while living in concentration camps. All Jews, as a race, were brutalized by the Nazis during this time; reducing them to no less than objects. These dehumanizing crimes were the punishments forced on the Jewish race by the Nazi influence, turning Jewish nationality into a nuisance against what they believed. Elie Wiesel has written the novel Night describing the heinous crime of the dehumanization of millions of Jews that the Nazis perpetrated within their concentration camps.
An example of dehumanization that Elie Wiesel provides in his novel is the lack of humane worth that the Nazis thought of the Jewish people.When the Hungarian police barged into Sighet, “A Jew no longer had the right to keep in his house gold, jewels, or any objects of value” (Wiesel 10). The Nazis deprived the Jews of any valuables and later they forced them to sit in crowded wagons that had no space to move about in. This proves how the Nazis thought of the Jewish people as too little of humane worth to be able to own any type of valuable that they could call their own. Later on, a German officer tell the Jews, “‘There are eighty of you in this wagon,’ added the German officer. ‘If anyone is missing, you’ll all be shot, like dogs….’” (Wiesel 22). This shows that the Germans had no respect for the Jewish people. This also proves that they thought nothing of them. Instead the Germans compared the Jews to being like “dogs” or animals, which emphasizes that they were not capable of the good qualities a human can have. The Nazis later express how they had absolutely zero respect for the...
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