`` Night `` By Elie Weisel Essay

1051 Words Apr 6th, 2016 5 Pages
In the novel Night, by Elie Weisel, the Nazis reduce the Jews to objects that are a nuisance to them, stripping them of their value as humans. This dehumanization happens very gradually during the Holocaust, like a frog being cooked in water that slowly boils. The Jewish people adapt to any and every circumstance they’re thrown into. When they’re first moved to the ghettos they embrace it saying it’s their own land separated from the cruelty and that really the German’s are protecting them. This new normal is all part of Hitler’s plan to dehumanize the Jewish people. Hitler’s main goal in World War II is to erase the Jews entire existence. In the preface to the book, Weisler says that “It is obvious that the war which Hitler and his accomplices waged was a war not only against Jewish men, women, and children, but also against Jewish religion, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition, therefore Jewish memory” (viii). To accomplish this goal, Hitler and the German Army torture people so vigorously that it is expected, normal, and people no longer care, they strip them of their material possessions, and break their souls by taking their faith and morality.
As soon as the Jews stepped on the cattle buses, they lose their feeling of pain. Mrs. Schachter screams multiple times, which agitates the others in the bus. “When they actually struck her, people shouted their approval: ‘Keep her quiet! Make that madwoman shut up. She’s not the only one here…’” (26). The captives no longer care…

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