Dehumanization Of Jews In The Book Night By Elie Wiesel

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The Holocaust was a terrible time. Many Jewish people were captured and taken to concentration camps by the Nazis. Elie and his family are taken to a concentration camp, when they get there the are separated with other Jews. In the book Night by Elie Wiesel, he explains how the Nazis dehumanize the Jews by not giving them enough food to survive, treating them like animals, and separating them from their families.
In the book Night by Elie Wiesel, the Nazis don't give the Jews enough food to survive. They have to trade their own valuables that they got to keep or the Nazis don’t know they have, to get food just to survive. Some of the Jews have to take the valuables of other Jews to get food. In the book Franek said, “And because you made me
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56). This is implying that Franket wants Elies gold tooth, and because he took so long to give it to him he has to give him a ration of his bread to give to the dentist to pull it out. The dentist most likely is also hungry and has no food which is why Franek has to give him some as payment. The Nazis have to transport the Jews to other camps so they load them up on long trains. While waiting for the train they only got the usual ration of bread. Since the train took so long the arrive all the inmates were hungry and had to start eating the snow. Once they train arrived, they put a hundred per car. While they were in the train they got no food. For instance, Elie states, “We received no food. We lived on snow; it took place of the bread.”(pg. 100) .This suggest they had to eat the snow because no food was given to them. Wiesel conveys the …show more content…
The Nazis treated them like animals or worse. They get them to the camps and make them leave their belongings that they had brought behind and they got rid of their names. To illustrate how he couldn’t take many objects, Elie says, “The beloved objects that we had carried with us from place to place had been left behind.” (pg. 29) This represents that the objects that they could bring in a small backpack, which is not a lot of things, they had to leave behind. All of their things they worked hard for they just had to leave forever. They also had to get rid of their names. Elie says, “I became A-7713. From then on I had no other name”(pg. 42). They got rid of their names and called them by numbers. This is not a way to treat humans at all. It takes away their true self, their identity. Finally, Elie saw something that he was not supposed to. When he looked over he thought, “I moved closer and had a glimpse of Idek and a young Polish girl, half naked, on a straw mat”. “They brought down a crate”. After he was caught the Idek said, “Lie down on it! On your belly!” I obeyed. I no longer felt anything except the lashes of the whip.’’ (pg 57). If he told anyone about it what he had saw he would get whipped again many more times then he had before. Maybe even until he died. In the book Night by Elie Wiesel, Elie and the other Jews get dehumanized by the Nazis. They feed them little

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