Essay about `` Night `` By Elie Wiesel

1171 Words Apr 27th, 2016 5 Pages
“Dehumanization is the process by which the Nazis gradually reduced the Jews to little more than “things” which were a nuisance to them.” For this reason, the conditions in the concentration camps were gradually taking away Eliezer’s every quality and attributes that made him human. For example, in the novel Night, Elie lost his sense of self during the Holocaust through his suffering and despair because his identity gets stripped away, he lost his connection and his faith in God, and he no longer cared about anyone but his own survival.
The first example of how Elie lost his sense of self during the Holocaust was when his identity was stripped away. Even from the beginning of the novel, the Jews were not allowed to keep any object that had any sentimental values to them. Even the Hungarian police ordered, “A Jew no longer had the right to keep in his house gold, jewels, or any objects of value” (Wiesel 24). Later on, when Wiesel first arrived at Auschwitz, the SS officers take everything special away from him, including his clothes, his golden teeth, his shoes and his mother and sisters. In addition, the Nazis crammed hundreds of Jewish people into cattle cars that were filled with the burning stench of urine to transport them to the concentration camps. The carts were so packed that you couldn’t move or breathe inside. If one of the people fell over or went to the ground, they were shot. A German officer even told the Jews, “There are eighty of you in this wagon,” and he…

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