Dehumanization Essay

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During the World War II period in the mid 1900’s Hitler and the Nazi Party tried to rid of the Jewish population in Europe. This event was called the Holocaust, which literally means an event of mass destruction. Hitler tried to eliminate the Jews by placing them in concentration camps to work and to eventually die. These camps were run by the Nazis and they would constantly dehumanize the Jews, this means to deprive them of their human qualities and their identities. In many cases, Eliezer would witness many Jews being tormented by dehumanization but he stayed strong for himself and for his father. Even though life would seem unbearable at times, Eliezer was determined to survive life in the camps until one day he would be liberated.   Throughout the book, the Jews in the camps are constantly dehumanized by the sub-human living conditions in the camps, the physical and emotional cruelty of the SS Officers, and the mental breakdown of themselves and the other Jews in the camps; however, Elizer’s determination to survive kept him from becoming dehumanized by these circumstances.
        Throughout the story Elizer constantly describes how the Jews in the camps are dehumanized by the terrible living conditions that they are supplied in the camps. The Jews were transported to the camps by being thrown into cattle cars and shipped off at about eighty people at a time. They were so weak and thin that large numbers of them could be packed into these small cars, made to fit 1 cow. “If anyone goes missing, you shall be shot, like dogs.” (German Officer, pg. 24) said one of the German officers who packed them in the cars.   Jammed into the cattle car with Eliezer and his father was a woman named Mrs. Schächter. She and her son were also being sent to a concentration camp. All of a sudden, she started screaming to the others that she saw a fire after they arrived at Auschwitz. After the first couple times she did this, two of the strongest men in...

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