The Life Of Elie Wiesel 's ' The Book Night ' Essay

1127 Words Nov 17th, 2014 5 Pages
Dehumanization in the Memoir Night The human race is classified as an animal, although under normal circumstances, humans do not operate in the way that an animal does. The people in Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night are an exception. During the Holocaust the Nazis associated the Jewish race as inferior to wild beasts and treated them as such in widely spread concentration camps throughout Eastern Europe in which German soldiers gassed, burned, beat, and shot thousands of Jews every day. Wiesel explains his experience with restraint that one would not expect as he recounts what he has seen and how unspeakably evil the Germans treat his kind. Sadistic Nazi treatment of the prisoners reflected on in Night, tears the mentality of the Jews apart, leaving animalistic instincts that lead to dehumanization and malicious behavior among friends, family members and any fellow captives. The degradation begins in the hometown of Wiesel, Sighet, Hungary, with the ghettos and deportation. The Hungarian police arrive and begin by building trust. After a few days, they clamp down on the Jews of Sighet by taking valuables, arresting leaders of the church, and closing down shops and synagogues similar to how one would catch a cat that gets loose. Tread lightly towards it to build trust, then burst out and snatch it in one swift motion. All the Jews move into ghettos and are forced to leave to camps. The police do not tell the Jews how atrocious the camps are because the Jews do not deserve to…

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