How Nazi Germany Treated The Jewish Population During World War II

1103 Words Feb 25th, 2016 5 Pages
Evidently, this scenario is almost far-fetched to say the least, since it is common for bystanders to walk past the homeless. Almost as if they do not exist. Even more disturbing are the discrimination cases such as verbal slurs physical assaults. In essence, what is happening to homeless people today is similar to how Nazi Germany treated the Jewish population during World War II, in which both share a distinct trait. Their perceptions about what makes us human falls into one of two categories; noted from Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz. Either they become “drowned” like Jean Améry in Torture, or “saved” like Elie Wiesel in Night.
Incidentally, before continuing further on the subject, it is best to give some background about the man who created it. Born in Turin, Italy, 24-year old Primo Levi was part of a small group of anti-fascist partisans; captured by Fascist militias on December 13th 1943. Consequently, informing the interrogators about his status of “Italian citizen of Jewish Race” because he assumed that revealing his political activities would lead to torture and death (Levi 13-14). Despite the year-long torture he endured in Auschwitz, the educated and articulate young man lived to tell the tale in his memoir Survival in Auschwitz (originally titled If this is a man).
Back to the topic, chapter 9 of Levi’s memoir first illustrates the categories of the drowned and the saved; examining the mental states of the prisoners as well as analyzing some of their…

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