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NIGHT by Elie Wiesel tells us his story of the time he spent in a Nazi death camp Its a story of the dehumanization of the Jewish inmates at the hands of the Germans and the world who closed their eyes and minds to the reality of what was happening before them The dehumanization according to Elies experiences pg 8 started on the 7th day of Passover in 1944 The leaders of the Jewish community were arrested Jews would not be allowed to leave their houses for three days The Jews no longer had the right to keep in his house gold jewels or any objects of value When the Jewish citizens were deported from their homes they were put into cattle cars like animals pg 20 When the Germans took charge pg 22 they made it clear that they looked down at the Jews youll all be shot like dogs But the biggest change and dehumanization came in the camps The Jews were thrown into ditches of fire and just burnt with out a second thought They were given numbers I became A-7713 after that I had no other name Pg 39 Life at the camp was regulated by bells Pg 69 It gave me orders and I automatically obeyed them The bells were another sign your brain didnt question the bells and your body just responded to them The years in the camps worked on the Jewish inmates The last test of humanization took place in the cattle cars to Buchenwald The inmates had always been told to watch out for themselves they should care only for themselves and their needs Hunger had brought out the animal instinct in the inmates For a piece of bread sons were killing their fathers Pg 96 His son searched him took the bread and began to devour it What we thought
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