The Jews During The Holocaust Essay examples

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Kevyn Aucoin once said, “Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it, ” Humanity is about choices and being able to make mistakes as well as successes. The Jews during the Holocaust, however, had no opportunity and any revolt against orders resulted in death. The lack of will the Jews faced in the Holocaust resembles a form of dehumanization of the Jews. The dehumanization of the Jews, specifically Elie Wiesel, in his memoir Night, results from his horrific treatment during enslavement by the Nazis in the concentration camps. This indicates that all individuals naturally possess humanity, however when one group overpowers another, those individuals lose their naturally given rights similar to the harsh conditions factory workers face in China.
Elie establishes his identity and humanity by describing himself and his family, exhibiting Elie not as an animal, but as a human with emotions. In the beginning of the memoir, Elie expresses himself before the events of the Holocaust as “Almost thirteen and deeply observant. By day I studied Talmud and by night I would run to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the Temple” (Wiesel). Elie describes himself as a typical person for his age. Elie appeals to the reader as just any other person, maybe even a friend,…

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