Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, wrote Night to share his experiences of Nazi concentration camps. Wiesel and his family, along with thousands of Jews, were brutally beaten, starved, and overworked at concentration camps. This inhumane treatment changed the prisoners; many became weak and took their anger out by beating other prisoners. Experiencing dehumanization within the camps caused inmates to begin turning on each other as they fought for survival. In order to understand how prisoners go along with other prisoners, it is important to first understand the conditions they faced everyday. This poor treatment begins, for Wiesel, when German officers raid his hometown of Sighet. He writes about being deported to the camps, “Crammed into cattle trains by Hungarian police, they wept bitterly…. It left nothing behind but its thick, dirty smoke” (3). This is one of the first examples of the how Jews are treated like animals and not given what they need to survive. Once they arrive at camp, the coarse conditions continue, and families are split. Wiesel describes what he heard, “ Men to the left! Women to the right!” (27) For many people, separating from their family causes them to immediately lose their will to live. On the contrary, some people fight even harder to survive for their family. One example of this is Elie Wiesel. If it were not for his father he would have a much less desire to survive. At this first selection, guards are walking through prisoners, yelling
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