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Violations of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Elie Wiesel's Night?
Whittney Bowyer
C. Howell
English 10
19 February 2014
Violations of the Human Rights
There are many
Violations of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” in the book
Night
.
In Night
The Germans push the Jews to their limits. The book Night, written by Elie
Wiesel, is about the tragic events that Wiesel witnessed and went through while he was a young boy during the Holocaust. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights gives you the basic human rights that every person should be guaranteed. In the book Night, there were several violations in articles four and five of the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

In Article 4 of the universal Declaration of Human Rights, it states that no one shall be

held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms
(“Universal Declaration”). In Night, it shows slavery when “some were digging holes, others were carrying sand.” This violates article four, by making the people do something they should not be made to do. In the book, it shows an example of slavery as they were dragged into the barbers shop, and “their clippers tore out our hair, shaved every hair on our bodies.” This is a violation of article four because they are being forced to do something that they do not want to do. Slavery was shown as the Jews were forced to go to the dentist and “it didn’t take long to learn the real reason for our summons: our gold teeth were to be extracted.” These teeth were then to be extracted from them, with no questions asked which is a violation of article four.
Slavery was a big concern during the Holocaust. The Germans made the Jews their slaves, and

made them work hard or else they would be killed. Some were killed just because they wanted to kill them, or they weren’t strong or old enough.
In Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it states that no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading



Cited: "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UDHR, Declaration of Human Rights, Human  Rights   Declaration, Human Rights Charter, The Un and Human Rights." ​ UN News Center​ . UN,  n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2014.  Wiesel, Elie. ​ Night​ . New York: Hill and Wang, 2006. Print.

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