The Consequences Of Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

It is astonishing how millions of innocent people died from such a horrible tragedy, the holocaust, being something that many around in the world cannot relate but will never forget. Those who have suffered in concentration camps have experience great pain that has affected them emotionally and physically causing changes on their values. Nothing can justify or compensate what these people have lost. Whether it was their religion, their individualism, or their wanting to live all things they are never going to get back. The novella Night by Elie Wiesel one can interpret how dehumanization of Jews created lack of identity or even another identity for them, forcing the Jews to starve, work and lose dignity.
When the Jews were given insufficient
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Throughout Wiesel 's experience Wiesel describes , “[An] old man [mumbling] something and died. Nobody cared. His son searched him, took the crust of bread, and began to devour it” meaning that when it came down to it, even family did not matter in survival (Wiesel 101). This changes the identity of many of the Jews, because it disrupts their morals in terms of whether or not to kill someone for survival. This causes them to question who they really are, people or animals. As a result, the dehumanization gives them a new of identity because they are no longer the people they once were.
Dehumanization is seen when the Jews are being obligated to work and are not given proper medical attention, because they are no longer seen as people. People are forced to work, and comply out of fear of dying. Multiple times Wiesel verifies that especially when he endorses what the SS officers tell him, “Here [in Auschwitz the Jews] must work. If [they do not they] will go straight to the chimney” which terrorises the Jews into working, like domesticating a dog by smacking it with a
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They were being treated as animals or as if they were owned by the Nazis, which takes away their human qualities, Frankl states that “He thought of himself then as only a part of an enormous mass of people; his existence descended to the level of animal life” showing how insignificant some felt (Man’s Search For Meaning). When the Jews lost their freedom, nothing really mattered to them anymore but to try to stay alive, while others just gave up. The way they were treated badly can be compared to how some animals are treated. Therefore they lack identity because they were not treated like humans, but like

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