Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Dehumanization is understood as the process of humans being deprived of what makes them human, but the Nazis took it a step further to encourage mistreatment between the prisoners . The Holocaust is a ghastly event in the history of the world, that killed around 6 million Jewish people, but the horrors don’t stop there. The way the prisoners were treated in the concentration camps left lasting effects on the survivors. In Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, he recounts the horrific actions of the Nazi party against the Jewish people . The lasting effects of dehumanization do not take long to show, and the effects are only worsened through the numerous reminders from the Nazis that they aren’t worth anything. Dehumanization is a process that only takes a short time to take effect. Wiesel’s explanation of Moshe’s story is the first instance of dehumanizing actions against the Jewish people. Moshe illustrates how the Gestapo don’t view the Jews as humans, so they use their babies like clay pigeons for target practice . The Gestapo care so little that when Moshe has a broken leg and is on the ground with the other corpses, they leave him for dead. Only a few short weeks after that horrific event, Moshe returns to Sighet and is a completely different person, “Moshe had changed. There was no longer any joy in his eyes. He no longer sang. He no longer talked to me of God or the cabbala, but only of what he had seen.” (Wiesel 4). The effects of dehumanization begin to show in the rest of
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