Examples Of Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, Elie retells the horrifying and torturous treatment that he and other Jews suffered from at the hands of the Nazis. The Jews were treated as if they were no less than inanimate objects and worse than animals all because of their religion. The Nazis made sure that the Jews knew that had no rights and that meant nothing to them. The Jews experienced such inhumane events that no one could ever relate to, they lost everything from their dignity, to their property, and even their humanity. The dehumanization process in book starts when the foreign Jews are evacuated from the town of Sighet where Eliezer and his family live. When Moche the Beadle, one of the Jews who was evacuated manges to escape he returns tell of the horrors that the Nazis have committed. He tries to warn the others of what is to come but no one believes. Moche tells Eliezer about what the atrocities he witnessed during, such as making them dig their own graves and then shooting them right then without any hesitation. He also explains how the babies were killed, “Infants were tossed into the air and used as targets for the machine guns” (6). The Nazis have had to be absolutely heartless to do something so uncompassionate. Anyone who could kill a baby must be extremely troubled. For someone to kill innocent babies they must have no regard for human life to do something that so beyond cruel. Eliezer starts to experience the horrific accounts first hand when he and his family
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