Elie Wiesel 's Night During World War II Essay

1024 Words Mar 11th, 2015 5 Pages
Humanity gives people their sympathy, compassion, and patience. During World War II, Jews were placed in concentration camps which impacted their humanity. Elie Wiesel, the author of Night, suffered through these concentration camps. He experiences many hardships throughout his time in the camps. Elie’s experience affected him as a person and he, along with other Jews in the camps, lost his humanity. Humanity is lost when a person 's survival is jeopardized.
The loss of humanity is shown in the actions of the people who are affected. The journey to the camps begins in the cattle cars. In one of the cars, there is a woman, named Mrs. Schachter, who cries out and disturbs the other people. because she is having terrible visions of fire. After hours of this occurring, the people are tired and one man shouts, “Keep her quiet! Make that madwoman shut up” (26). She is then struck unconscious (26). Everyone is cramped together and no one has the patience to put up with the woman.They no longer felt sympathy and could beat the woman to shut her up and gain silence. The people are stripped of their humanity by forcefully being put into cattle cars. The humanity was lost by the passengers having to stand for days at a time with little to no food or water. The people were just trying to survive and get off the cars. The thought of helping the women did not occur to anyone. Not only were the peoples sympathy lost but kindness was lost too.
The loss of humanity can affect how people…

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