Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel's Night

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“Dehumanization is the psychological process of demonizing the enemy, making them seem less than human and hence not worthy of humane treatment. This can lead to increased violence, human rights violations, war crimes, and genocide” (beyond). Dehumanization is something that has been occurring in the world for centuries and has never truly gone away. In Elie Wiesel’s book Night, due to all the abuse and dehumanization that these people endured their mindsets began to change and they began losing sight of who they really were. In March of 1933 the first Nazi concentration camp was opened and by the end of World War II there was over 40,000 camps all together. While in these camps Jewish people were subjected to cruel and inhumane punishments…show more content…
Without passion or haste, they shot their prisoners, who were forced to approach the trench one by one and offer their necks” (pg. 6). This exemplifies the dehumanization of the Jewish people began the second they took them away from their homes. They were forced to work and then later had to line up and be killed and piled into the holes they just dug. Essentially the Jewish people were digging their own graves and did not even know it. Even though Elie and the other Jewish people did not believe Moishe when he told them of the horrors that occurred when he was taken away they were soon going to find out fist…show more content…
For instance, when Elie was stuck in the cattle car with his people one women began to scream about seeing fire everywhere day after day and began to get on everyone 's nerves so, “A few young men forced her to sit down, then bound and gagged her” (pg. 26). This is something that these people would not have nessarly done if they had not been trapped in such a tight and compact car with no food or water. However, they were so instead of being patient with the women they decided to silence her just as they were being silenced; against her

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