Effects Of Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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The German dictator of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler, once self-confessed, “if you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” Hitler used propaganda as a method to dehumanize Jews in the eyes of others. Dehumanization affected the entire nation: families were split apart. Also, Jews were forced to go into concentration camps or ghettos. Dehumanization affected the entire nation: families split apart and sent to ghetto camps. Many citizens ended up accepting the word of the Nazis, which caused a war to advance. Many citizens disagreed with the Nazi’s perception on Jews which caused a war to advance. But enduring the brunt of Nazis, who wanted to diminish the presence of Jews, was frequent throughout Elie…show more content…
His attitude went reversed from being confident, as a religious and prestigious person within the Jewish community, to being scared with the inmates giving poor treatment to him. Wiesel was separated split from his mother and sister along with given the bare minimum to eat and drink. Therefore, it was not surprising when he felt scared and uncomfortable with his surroundings as he was not used to it. Furthermore, during the time when his father was slapped by a Gypsy inmate, Wiesel stood petrified with fear instead of retaliating back against his father’s adversary. He explored the rationale behind his lack of action through the text stating, “my father had just been struck, in front of me, and I had not even blinked. I had watched and kept silent” (39). Even though the Gypsy inmate slapped Wiesel’s father, Wiesel did not stand up for this father considering how scared he was of the authority in Auschwitz, a concentration camp. This incident reflected on his change in character since the authority at Auschwitz dehumanized his father in front of everyone, and he did not do anything to defend his father. Earlier, the Jewish people were allowed to sit down at the second barrack of the Auschwitz camp. Wiesel’s father got up to ask to use the bathroom since he had a colic attack; however, the gypsy inmate in charge did not answer his question and slapped him. Because of Wiesel’s his
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