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Night Reflection/Analysis Paper In Night , Elie Wiesel told the story of his experience as a Jew during the Holocaust. The Jews were imprisoned in concentration camps and endured inhuman treatment and torture. The treatment of the Jews negatively affected them physically and mentally. Dehumanization and questioning of faith as a result of this abuse were prominent themes that were shown in many different examples throughout the story. Elie Wiesel suffered from survivor guilt from his horrific experience as well. There were many results for purposeful dehumanization mentioned in Night . One result was the loss of identity. In the concentration camps, the Nazis tattooed numbers on their arms. The Nazis did not refer to their names at the camp; rather, the numbers were their new identity. In the book, Elie says, “I became A- 7713, from then on, I had no other name” (Wiesel 42). This statement showed that he lost his identity when he lost his name. The Jews became “nobodies” when the Nazis stripped them of their names. They lost their self-image and the way others viewed them changed after they lost their names as well. Another result of dehumanization was that cruelty breeds cruelty. The prisoners, instead of helping each other, acted against one another. In the book, a Nazi says to Elie “in this place, it is every man for himself, and you can not think of others” (Wiesel 110). In the camps, self preservation became the main goal. They did not care about helping anyone but themselves. For example, when the Jews rode in the cattle cars, the Nazis threw a few pieces of bread to them. The Nazis failed to provide sufficient amounts of food and water. The Jews fought over the bread. In one instance, a father was beaten to death by his son for bread. The prisoners developed a ‘survival of the fittest’ mentality when they turned into savages to satisfy their needs. A third result involved emotions. Kelly Winters stated in Critical Essay on “Night”, “Abruptly, Eliezer is yanked out of his sheltered existence and forced into a world where babies and children are slaughtered, where old people are executed because they can not work, where corpses, and sometimes the living, are burned and the smell of constant cremations hangs in the air” (2). The occurrences in the concentration camps scarred the Jews. The prisoners no longer feared death nor grieved upon it. The Jews were like empty shells with no souls. Elie and the Jews were forced to bury the dead themselves. They were forced to kill others with their hands. One is example is when a son beat his father to death because
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2010 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Giannone during the Spring '08 term at Monmouth University-West Long Branch.

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