The Dehumanization Of The Jews

1004 WordsOct 20, 20175 Pages
Adolf Hitler had a plan to exterminate all European Jews. There was approximately 9.5 millions Jews living in Europe in 1933. On January 30, 1933 Hitler started his extermination by rounding up all European Jews and sending them to concentration camps. Hitler believed the Jews were responsible for the lost of World War 1. Even though the Jews had nothing to do with the lost of World War I, Hitler wanted to make them pay. Dehumanization is the process of depriving someone of human qualities and attributes. The dehumanization process the SS officers enforced on the Jews left many of them dead or silent if they survived. At the concentration camps, they were to be stripped of all identification. By the time the concentration camps were liberated in 1945, over 6 million European Jews were killed inhumanely. Elie Wiesel, who was a survivor of the Holocaust, recalls the horrific experiences he and his fellow Jews had to go through in his book Night. Before the Jews were killed, the SS officers dehumanized the Jews by making them suffer through violence, humiliation, and horrible living conditions. Those horrific experiences made Wiesel speak up for the voiceless, and to make sure the Holocaust was not forgotten. Hitler did not kill the Jews as soon as they got to the camps. He wanted to “break them down” and make them suffer before he killed them. Each Jew had to pass the inspection test performed by Dr. Josef Mengele, who was known as the “Angel of Death.” In order for Elie and his father to pass selection they had to lie to the doctor about their age. Without his father lying, he would have been sent to the crematoria. Elie states that “It was imperative that we stay together.” Neither Elie nor his father knew that they would never see Tzipora or Mrs. Wiesel again. Elie now lived for his father. During selection, the Jews had to state their name and their profession. Elie lied and said he was “eighteen, in good health, and a farmer.” After they had been inspected, they were either directed to the left or to the right. If they were not strong enough or young enough, they were immediately sent to the crematoria. The Jews had no idea if they were going to be sent to the barracks or straight to the crematoria. The
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