Night By Elie Wiesel Analysis

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“To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”, said Elie Wiesel the author of night. Elie Wiesel is a holocaust survivor, he went through 5 different concentration camps. He was dehumanized, malnourished, and abused. He lost all his possessions, his family, and his humanity. In Elie Wiesel’s “Night”, the German Army dehumanizes Elie Wiesel and the jewish prisoners by depriving them of family, food, and self esteem. The Nazis’s dehumanized the jews by depriving them of basic human needs like family. When families first get to the camp the men and women, brothers and sisters, fathers and sons get separated from each other. The separation of families is shown on page 29 when an SS officer commanded, “Men to the left!…show more content…
They live in barracks that were crammed with over 700 people or more in them. They were constantly moving also, referring to page 79, "Yet another last night. The last night at home, the last night in the ghetto, the last night in the train, and, now, the last night in Buna. How much longer were our lives to be dragged out from one 'last night' to another?" The jewish people were constantly moving between camps and running from armies, which did not give them the adequate shelter a person needs. They didn't have a home, where they could be comforted they just kept moving not knowing where their lives were going next. The Nazi army did not give them the physiological needs you have to have to survive like shelter and food. The Nazi army degraded the Jewish people in many number of ways. One way was crushing their self esteem, they gave them numbers and referred to them by the numbers. Elie says on page 50, "I was a body. Perhaps less than that even: a starved stomach. The stomach alone was aware of the passage of time." This shows they did not have any confidence in themselves, they were totally oblivious to their own feelings. They were just bodies with one purpose, to die. After they got to the camp they had no way to get achievements to gain any sort of confidence. As Elie states on page 52, there was only one way to gain anything, In fact, “I was pleased with what was happening to him: my gold crown was safe. It could be useful to me

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