Dehumanism In Night By Elie Wiesel

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The Jewish people were dehumanized by the Nazis and robbed of hope and faith in God. The novella “Night” by Elie Wiesel begins in Seguit and continues from Auschwitz to Buchenwald during which time, Eliezer and his father, along with millions of other Jews were enslaved, tortured, starved and killed over a period of nine years. The treatment of the Jews during the Holocaust, broke their physical and mental stability and left them helpless. Hitler achieved his goal of making the Jews feel inferior by removing the basic human right to freedom, crushing faith in the existence of God and scarring them with the atrocities inflicted on the Jewish people.
Hitler and the Nazis removed the Jewish people’s basic human right to freedom by forcing them
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The Nazis had an impious attitude toward the Jewish faith. The ongoing abhorrent treatment of the Jewish people caused them to question their belief in the existence of God. "It's over. God is no longer with us" (page 76). Eliezer is beginning to give up his hope in what used to be his only hope. Eliezer was relying on God to help him get through the nightmare. His experience witnessing murder, starvation and abuse led him to question the existence of God. At the start of the story, Eliezer was a strong believer in God and a very religious boy. He spoke to Moishe the Beadle often about praying and about God. But later when he was a victim of the Holocaust, he was dehumanized of his faith and his beliefs. He felt fatuous for believing in something as foolish as God. His faith completely deteriorated ever since he was kidnapped. The Jews, including Eliezer were dehumanized of hope by not only the Nazis but their peers as well. “I cannot go on” (page 103). Eliezer's father is finally giving up. The Nazis successfully dehumanized Eliezer’s father of hope and the strength to go on. Eliezer's father's despair has a ripple effect. Eliezer's main reason for carrying on is his father and to see him openly saying “I cannot go on” leads Eliezer to question why he should bother going on too. Eliezer, along with all of the other Jews that survived the …show more content…
The Jewish people were kicked out of their homes, separated from their families and enslaved in concentration camps. The Nazis violated their freedom and destroyed the Jewish peoples’ hope and faith. The Jewish people deserved none of this. Hitler achieved his ends of making them feel inferior by treating them less than an inanimate object and robbing them of their freedom and faith. To this day the Holocaust still has an impact on people around the world. Despite the unbelievably appalling treatment of the Jewish people during the holocaust, “Night” by Elie Wiesel is a gift. It is a reminder today and for future generations that all humans, regardless of race or culture, deserve dignity, respect and access to basic human rights and religious

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