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Night can mean different things peaceful rest after a long day dreams But to holocaust survivor Elie Weisel night was so much more Elie survived hardships as a prisoner in a concentration camp His nights were terrifying Many Jews lost hope and wished for each night to be their last Jews experienced an undeniably horrific process called dehumanization which made nighttime harder to withstand The reason for dehumanization which the victims of the Holocaust were forced to endure was to make Jews feel as if they were unworthy of life The German officers in Night utilized different methods to destroy qualities such as their individuality and passion for life The dehumanization process not only affected the Jews but also the German Officers who inflicted the pain and the non-JewsThe dehumanization process begins with stripping the Jews of their rights Hitler first forced non-Aryans or Jews to wear yellow stars on their clothing This stripped individuality and made every Jew the same The yellow star So what its not lethal 11 The yellow star may not be lethal but there was more punishments to come After that came selection Jews were shipped away in cattle cars treated like animals for the first time Once the cars evacuated the Jews were sent to selection Here the boundaries between animals and human are broken The Jew were no longer human they became a number They were either sent to the crematoria or forced to work to death In the memoir Night Elie was transported to a variety of work camps When taken to Auschwitz he had a close encounter with death During the selection he parted ways with his mother and sister forever It was unimaginable for any human could put someone through things of such nature During the selection process Nazi officers chose who died This is the first step in dehumanization for the Jews and the first step in dehumanization for the German officers as
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