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Dehumanization in the Holocaust

            During the Holocaust, approximately six million Jews were killed off by Germans and the Nazi party lead by Hitler. Men, women and children were thrown into gas chambers and crematoriums depending on age, health and size which were taken place in extermination camps. Extermination camps is where you were sent to automatically be killed, but work camps such as Auschwitz is where they assigned you to a job where you were worked to death or killed by lack of safety protocol. This was one of the largest genocides in history and is something that will be taught for many generations.
             In this novel, the atrocities and cruel treatment that takes place can definitely make decent people into brutes. Elie Wiesel did not allow the events during the Holocaust to turn him into a savage human being; he maintained control all up until he lost his faith in God. When he lost faith he also lost hope for survival. The moment he turned into a brute was when he left his father to be beaten by the SS officer and sent to the crematorium that was when he lost himself as well. Elie revives himself in honor of his father to tell his story and write the novel Night. When Elie Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for his championing of human rights around the world I feel as if his advocacy for human rights have grown out of his Holocaust experiences because Elie cares more about sharing his story with the world and making sure people are aware of what happened during World War II then holding a grudge. He feels as if there is some good in everybody which is why he spoke about human rights. Some positive lessons of the Holocaust that Wiesel hints at in his novel Night is that no matter how hard things may seem to be you must always have hope that they will get better and something good may come out of it. In Elie's case it might be that even though he suffered for years he has come out with an incredible story that he gets to share with the world.

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