“We were incapable of thinking.
Our senses were numbed, everything was
fading into a fog.
We no longer clung to anything.
The instincts of self-
preservation, of self-defense, of pride, had all deserted us.
In one terrifying
moment of lucidity, I thought of us as damned souls wandering through the void,
seeking redemption, seeking oblivion, without any hope of finding either.”
While the holocaust was going on, the Nazis completely ripped the Jews of
their identity, of their lives.
The Nazis looked upon the Jews as animals,
creatures infecting the world, that needed to be exterminated.
To think that a powerful country, led by a charismatic leader in Adolf Hitler could
actually try and exterminate a population of people is unbelievable.
though losing the war itself, almost succeeded in the annihilation of the European
Obviously they came up with an efficient enough way to kill the
Jews, but the main question is how was each soldier, officer, etc.
to put someone in the crematoria, or as the book describes, use an infant as target
practice with a machine gun.
The only way to actually do this is to completely
remove everything that is humane about a person.
Creating an idea of what a Jew
was, the Nazis were able to put into practice Hitler's Final Solution.
In order for the Jews to become things which in a the Nazis minds did not
deserve to live, the Nazis had to completely dehumanize them.
camps worked, at least generally, in the same way.
Jewish men and women were
separated, then transported via boxcar trains, trains made for transporting cattle
and other animals.