Night Dehumanization Essay

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There are many significant events that took place during the Holocaust in the novel Night, written by Elie Wiesel. This book was based on the memories from the author which shares unforgetting time frames he, his family, and other Jewish people had to experience. Dehumanization and losing faith in God were two of the main factors that occurred during these times because of the sufferings which Jews endured.

Due to the conditions and surroundings Jews lived in, their faith in God was repeatedly being questioned. They did not understand how they lived in a world that was filled with so much hate and evil when they believed in a world that contains love and happiness. As far as the Jews knew, God is supposed to protect them from darkness. When being in an environment that doesn’t consist of love, it slowly breaks the relationship
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This star is known as the Star of David. The Nazis were able to identify a Jew by having them wear the star on their clothing. It was a requirement for all Jews to wear the Star of David

which was considered as the mark of death. Another form of dehumanization is when Jews were stripped from their names and were given a number to be called by. Taking away a name from a person is like taking away that person's identity. This made Jews feel meaningless to this Earth.

Night, written by Elie Wiesel, discusses the traumatic time period that was based on historical events that occurred during the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel was a survivor of the Holocaust who endured the pain and torture that many other people had experienced and proved that if one who continues to have faith, can truly make a difference within themselves. Concentration camps has changed people's mentality to have them believe they are worthless. The purpose of sharing this story is to show that you are able to live a better life even after being tortured for a long period of

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