Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Throughout the duration of the Holocaust, many Jews witnessed the worst of humanity. In concentration camps, over six million people were killed and tortured. Among the people imprisoned in these camps was Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor. In his memoir Night, the many acts of dehumanization and cruelty that Wiesel witnesses ultimately leads to his loss of faith in both his god and humanity. Early on in the memoir, Wiesel has a very strong faith for a young boy. He states, “I was twelve. I believed profoundly” (Wiesel 1). His faith is established early on in order to make a great contrast between his faith in the beginning versus the end of the memoir. Before he is deported, Wiesel wants to study the Cabbala and become a master in Jewish mysticism. He finds a master, Moshe the Beadle, to teach him. The teaching does not last long; however, before Moshe is deported and sent to be killed. Moshe’s stories are the first glimpse of the cruelty and dehumanization that is to come later on in the memoir. Wiesel states, “Without passion, without haste, they slaughtered their prisoners” (4). The Gestapo show little to no emotion when killing these deportees, which shows how they view them as inhuman. The people of Sighet do not believe Moshe’s warning, and pass him off as just wanting attention. Their faith in humanity and their God allow them to have hope, and they do not believe that any of his stories are real nor could happen to them. However, their faith is proven wrong and
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