Causes Of Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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The Holocaust was a traumatic event for many Jews due to the many hardships they endured, such as the loss of their families and how everything was stripped away from them. Through his book, Night, Elie Wiesel shares his story of what he experienced during the Holocaust. He and his father were taken to camps such as Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald, where he is separated from his family and forced to work. In the events of the Holocaust, the Nazis dehumanized Wiesel and the prisoners at Auschwitz, causing them to they lose their identities and faith in God through mental and physical abuse of the autonomous environment. There were many causes that led to the process of the dehumanization of the people at Auschwitz by the Nazis. For example, …show more content…
In the event that the SS troops came to shoot the prisoners, many prayed to God for help. Many people died from this event and because of this many of the prisoners loss their faith in God. Elie asks himself, “For God’s sake, where is God?”(65). He asked himself this because he felt as if nothing was changing and becoming better. He felt God should get him out of the situation and these camps should not exist. Additionally, he has “more faith in Hitler than anyone else” [because] “he alone has kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people”(81). After praying and praying, Elie and the prisoners are still at the concentration camp. Families and friends have made an oath that they would get through it together, but they are not able to keep their oath because they cannot determine the future. The awful treatment of the prisoners and the stress over the situation causes Elie and the prisoners to lose faith in God.
After being dehumanized by the Nazis during the Holocaust, Elie and the prisoners lost their identities and their faith in God through the mental and physical abuse in the autonomous environment. The awful treatment that Elie and the prisoners endured during the Holocaust display that people are capable of acting immorally and conducting terrible things. As shown in Night, through tough times, one should do their best to stay strong and have hope or they will not make it through. Elie was able to overcome this experience because he did not give up his fight of