Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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World War II, a war lasting from 1939 to 1945, was the deadliest war known to humankind. Among the events of the Second World War was the Holocaust; a state-sponsored persecution of over six million Jews. A Holocaust survivor and author, Elie Wiesel, wrote a memoir called Night about his experiences in the concentration camps. To prevent such catastrophic events such as the Holocaust happen again, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to bring peace to all nations and guarantee unalienable rights to all. In Elie Wiesel’s memoir, he illustrates several examples of dehumanization towards jews, such as torture, property deprivation, and servitude, which resulted in the creation of the UDHR. Throughout the Holocaust, the Jews were tortured, which is a direct violation of article five of the UDHR, which states that no one should be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. On page six of Night, Elie Wiesel writes about the Jews being crammed into cattle cars. With 80 Jews to one tiny car, there was barely any air to breath. The Jews were forced to stand for long periods of time, they were subjected to disease because they were surrounded by excrement, and resting was nearly impossible because of the overcrowding. Wiesel also explains his experience of being whipped 25 times as punishment. He stated, “I no longer felt anything except the lashes of the whip” (Wiesel, 57). For the purpose
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