Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

Decent Essays
One of Adolf Hitler’s promises was to eliminate the Jewish race. In order for this to happen, you must first see people as less than human. Once you have accomplished this task, the mass murder of millions of people becomes easy. In his memoir Night, Elie Wiesel recalls the multitude of times he was seen as less than human, and how this affected his life while in concentration camps. The dehumanization of the prisoners not only crushes them, it causes them to become desensitized and often see each other as less than human. In the beginning of the memoir, Wiesel tells of how the Jews in Sighet are not afraid of Hitler or his power. They don’t believe that someone could be that cruel, and they were also in denial that they could exterminate a whole race of people that lived all over the world. As time progresses, they are forced to turn over all their gold, jewels, and objects of value. The next step the German soldiers take is to force all Jews to wear the yellow star. The conditions keep getting worse and eventually all the Jews are forced to leave in packed cattle cars. Before they were deported, the Hungarian police inflict fear in the Jews by telling them to run and beating them with their truncheons. The police yell, “‘Faster!’ [...] ‘Faster! Faster! Get on with you, lazy swine!” (Wiesel 17). By comparing the Jews to swine it depresses them and causes the beatings and running to seem more harsh. After a couple days of travel in the cramped car, Wiesel’s car arrives
Get Access