Injustices During The Holocaust

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The Holocaust and its turmoil A holocaust is destruction or slaughter on a mass scale. From the 1930's to 1945, six million Jews, and five million others were killed. Adolf Hitler, the dictator in Germany during this time, lead himself and many others to believe that the mass slaughter of anyone that was not of the perfect race would solve all of their problems. Many accounts have been made of the Holocaust by witnesses of it. Elie Wiesel is a specific account. In his memoir Night he supplies the readers with a primary source of the holocaust. Elie goes through and witnesses many things during the holocaust including selection, treatment by the guards, and food in the camps. Elie's memoir is similar to the memoirs of other Holocaust victims.…show more content…
For instance, people were separated into male and female lines, and anyone over the age of fourteen was sent to one line, and was to work. Elders and women with children were sent to death. ("Selection at the" 7) Another account stated "You stood naked before the SS doctor, who either releases you, or refused." ("Holocaust Eyewitness Account" 4) If an SS didn't like the way you look or thought you were not viable, you would be sent to death, with no questions asked. If someone was not strong, fast, or didn't look right, they would send you to die. Any SS had this right. No one fought back, and no one else cared if this happened to someone. ("Interview- The selection") These accounts are similar to those in Night because Elie's experience was showed the same way as others described it, and they process of selection was similar in most accounts. Though selection was a major part of the Holocaust, treatment by the guards is something to be recognized as…show more content…
Elie explains the treatment by the guards when he says "Behind me, an old man fell to the ground. Near him was an SS man, putting his revolver back in its holster." (Wiesel 27) This shows their treatment because the guards did not care about the prisoners and could kill for no reason at all. The treatment by the guards can also be seen when Elie and his father had to load diesel engines onto trains. For no reason, the Kapo, Idek, beat his father, yelling at him for being too slow. This is relevant because it shows that even Kapos didn't care about other prisoners and treated them harshly. (Wiesel 52) Another showing of the treatment by the guards is when the SS hung a boy in front of the whole camp, and made each prisoner stare into his face after he was killed. (Wiesel 59) This shows their negative treatment to be similar because the guards did not care for the prisoners at all. The treatment by the guards revealed in Night by Elie Wiesel helps us compare and see the similarities with other peoples accounts of the
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