Anti-Semitism In Elie Wiesel's Night

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Things took a turn for the worst for the Jews in Germany and surrounding countries on January 30, 1933. Anti-Semitism began to grow during the Middle Ages, slowly increasing the amount of hatred towards the Jewish population in Europe by the 20th century. On September 30, 1928, Elie Wiesel, writer of Night was born into the Jewish race. Around twelve years later, the Nazi population removed Elie and his family from their home and began to move them into concentration camps where he would experience nightmares and situations that no person should have to go through. The Nazi’s leader, Hitler, uses antisemitism to his advantage, along with his speaking skills, to downgrade the Jews as a way to gain power in Germany. Another piece of literature,…show more content…
In Night, Elie Wiesel talks about how a son wants to be separated from his father and how he wants his father dead because he felt that it will be a burden lifted from his shoulders. The son runs off into the crowd of imprisoned Jews, while his sick father falls behind in the line. Aside from the appearances of dehumanization during the era of the Holocaust, Sold shows how a person is willing to sell another person in order to earn more money without having to do much physical labor. The girls inside the house were degraded and stripped of their human titles and rights by Mumtaz. ”Out there, you’re no better than a dog (Sold, 76, ACupofTea, McCormick Patricia)”. Labeling someone as an animal is a verbal form of dehumanization.
Literature allows people to see how far a person will go to gain power, even if that means putting down and dehumanizing another person to gain a position. In Sold, Lakshmi is degraded by Mumtaz and forced into sex slavery in order for Mumtaz to gain money from her male visitors. As seen in Night Hitler degrades and punishes the Jews in order to grow in popularity. Night allows people to see the problems the Jews endured and how the Jews are labeled as animals and problems in the mid-1900s during the age of the

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