Dehumanization Is The Process Of Depriving A Person

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“Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never." This is quote by Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, depicting what dehumanization did to him. Dehumanization is the process of depriving a person or group of positive human qualities.Often times in our lives today, we can see examples of dehumanization where we treat humans less than what they are. Whether it be because their ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, they become thought of as worth less than a “normal” person. But, this…show more content…
Nazi’s verbally, physically, and psychologically dehumanized Jewish people. The Jewish people were verbally dehumanized by being referred to as rats, cockroaches, and other discourteous names. The German soldiers did this in attempt to get in there prisoner’s heads and make them feel as if they are filthy, worthless, and a vermant to the world. Nazis often times described the Jews as subhumans, and they didn 't mean this metaphorically. David Smith, co-founder and director of the Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology at the University of New England said, "They didn 't mean they were like subhumans. They meant they were literally subhuman." They physically abused the Jewish people in so many ways so often that it became dehumanizing. Whether it be taking away their basic necessities of life, treating them like lab rats, or just beating and working them till their death. When Jewish people arrived at the concentration camps, they usually showed up with some belongings. But, at arrival these belonging would be stripped away and be thrown into a pile of everyone 's possessions which the Nazis would scavenge through looking for jewelry and things or expense. In the camps, most Jews wouldn’t even have enough food or water to be healthy in these camps. This seemed to be one of the main ways the Nazis would
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