Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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It all started for Elie Wiesel on an ordinary day in Sighet, while the war was gradually approaching. The foreign Jews were expelled, which included Wiesel’s friend and mentor, Moshe the Beadle. Months later, Moshe returned to Sighet with an unbelievable tale of death and despair. The people of Sighet refused to believe his story, deluding themselves for as long as possible. Night is a memoir that focuses on dehumanization while telling the story of Elie Wiesel’s experience in the Holocaust. Wiesel tells his experience, from beginning to end, of the Nazis isolating the Jews from the rest of the world, treating him and those he loved inhumanely, and taking away everything that made him human. Hitler and those who carried out his plans (Nazis, SS officers, etc) isolated the Jews from the rest of the world so that civilians would view the Jews as separate from themselves and less human. In addition, when he dissociated the Jews from society, the world could not see what was actually being done to them. This reduced the likelihood of interference. The Nazis dehumanized the Jews by treating them as animals rather than humans. The first way they did this was by marking and herding them like cattle. The German soldiers forced the Jews to wear the yellow Star of David. Soon after, the Germans contained them like beasts in designated area called a ghetto, which was enveloped by a barbed-wire fence. The Hungarian police violently attacked the Jews: men, women, and children. Wiesel
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