Essay about Night, By Elie Wiesel

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Imagine going days without food and water, only to arrive at a camp that reeks of burning flesh. This is what Elie Wiesel and many other Jews were put through during World War II. In Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, he describes his brutal experiences in Auschwitz. In this concentration camp, all the prisoners are treated horribly. They have to give up pretty much everything that is important to them, and work, if suitable, or they are killed immediately. The dehumanization that the Jews endure in and leading up to the concentration camps changes their outlook on life forever.
While in Auschwitz, the Jews are stripped of their family, name, and humanity. This starts with 80 Jews being squeezed into a cattle wagon and left with little necessities for days during their trip to Birkenau. Upon arrival, the order, “Men to the left! Women to the right!” (Wiesel 27) is given. This is the last time Wiesel ever sees his mother and sister. Later, Wiesel is called A-7713 and no longer has the right to his name. Furthermore, the Hungarian police and SS constantly treat the Jews like animals, which is shown several times throughout the memoir. During the deportation the Hungarian police yell, “Faster! Faster! Get on with you, lazy swine!” (Wiesel 17), and when the Jews are loading the cattle car a german officer states, “‘There are eighty of you in this wagon,’ [...] ‘If anyone is missing, you’ll all be shot, like dogs....’” (Wiesel 22). They are also treated like animals in that they get…

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