The first Occurrence of dehumanization in this book stars on page 8 when the german police came into their town and took away any valuable possessions, then forced jews to wear a yellow star on them. This yellow star was the first instance of …show more content…
“Children cried for water.” This was a very large step for Elie, as he passed by everyone he once knew and wrote “They were fallen , dragging their packs, dragging their lives, deserting their homes the years of their childhood, cringing like beaten dogs.” Seeing these people at this point, Elie really started to doubt everything he was. It didn't seem like his god existed to him anymore, it didn't seem like anyone he knew really existed anymore.
Once they arrived at the camp, the biggest change finally happened. “With the left sleeve rolled up, each person passed in front of the table. The three “veterans,” with needles in their hands, engraved a number on our left arms. I became A-7713. After that i had no other name.” Taking away their names was the largest form of dehumanization yet, and it seems as though that really broke down Elie. For the rest of a book, he seems like a completely different person who just follows orders that get put in front of him. The only piece of himself he had left was his father,who if he couldn't have stuck with, he probably would have lived to write this book.
The dehumanization of a person is a cruel act, and at such a large scale was a traumatic experience for then teenager, Elie Wiesel. This book was written as a reminder that such a terrible act should never be allowed to happen