Night and Hotel Rwanda Similarities Essay

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Night and Hotel Rwanda Similarities

Throughout the course of humanity, we have experienced terrible transgressions in our society. Although they took place sixty-one years apart, similar horrific events from the Holocaust (1933-1945) and the Rwandan Genocide (1994) occurred. In Night, the Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state sponsored persecution and murder of approximately 6 million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The Nazis believed they were “racially superior” so they killed the Jews because they were deemed “inferior” and needed to be eliminated.

Hotel Rwanda tackles a recent event in history where the Hutu extremists of Rwanda initiated a terrifying campaign of genocide, massacring approximately
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Another similarity is that the Jews and Tutsis were transported in crowded wagons or cattle cars. There was a horrific experience in Night when the Jews had to fit 80-100 people in the cattle cars with temperatures ranging from below zero degrees in the winter, and up to 108 degrees in the summer. Not only did they have to deal with the weather, they also had little to no room to use the restroom and had to go in the corner of the wagon to relieve themselves. When Elie stated, “The doors were nailed up; the way back was finally cut off. The world was a cattle wagon hermetically sealed” (Wiesel 24)., he was explaining the prison like life he had to live for approximately two years. In Hotel Rwanda, Paul sends his wife, kids, and some Tutsis to escape from Rwanda in the back of a truck. He thinks it is the best decisions for his family. However, when a pack of Hutus approach the truck, they find out that the Tutsis are in the back of it and states to Tatianna (Paul's wife), “What is your name? Move! Get out or I'll shoot you.”Tatianna cannot think or control her emotions whatsoever when her and her children are trapped in a wagon with approximately eighty other Tutsis. Even though it is not as tightly packed as the Holocaust cattle cars, the Jews and the Tutsis both experienced the same trauma of dealing with the enormous amount of people in a tight space, leaving family members behind, and the many experiences of almost getting murdered. They

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