Human Rights In Elie Wiesel's Night

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Three years prior to the foundation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, many were violated during the events of the Holocaust, a ruthless period in history where millions of Jews were massacred. Several nations across the world assembled together to form the UDHR which will safeguard basic rights that were granted for every human. They incorporate the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In a memoir written by Elie Wiesel, titled “Night”, he recounts his suffering faced as an inmate during the holocaust such as witnessing a child being hanged, nearly having his leg amputated, and being forced to let his father die. Many human rights were violated throughout the memoir, including rights to recognition as a person, freedom of arbitrary arrest and exile, and freedom from torment and degrading treatment. During the events of “Night”, people were seen as …show more content…
Granted, he could’ve easily been saved if the doctors had bothered to help him. One such doctor who rebuffed his services in the memoir blows out that he didn’t need it, as recalled by Elie, “Dysentery? That’s not my business, I’m a surgeon. Go on! Make room for the others.” Pursuing this further, it is obvious that the poor treatment of prisoners in the concentration camps was a major factor of their mortality rate. Throughout the events of “Night”, many faced failure of identification as a human being, illogical arrest and exile, and decaying treatment. Three years following the events of the memoir, the UDHR was established to ensure that these acts will stop transpiring. The UDHR aims to restore order and create a utopia for the following generations. In his Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech in 1986, Elie Wiesel, the author of “Night”, declared, “Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere.” We must honor Elie’s message and become the guardians among the oppressed and maintain the civil liberties that were granted to us the moment our