Dehumanization The Nazis did not care for the safety

Dehumanization of the Jews is displayed through the cruelty of the Nazis. One example of this cruelty is how the guards beat and sometimes kill the prisoners in an unreasonable fashion, “He took time between his lashes.” (57, Weisel). Wiesel did not even commit a crime, yet the guard relentlessly whipped him anyway. Another example of the brutality of the guards is how they barely fed the prisoners, “I was terribly hungry and swallowed my ration on the spot.” (44, Wiesel). Although there were sometimes shortages of food, the Jews could have been fed more often. The Nazis forced the Jews to perform hard work despite having empty stomachs. The Jews were treated horribly and expected to meet the Nazi’s demand. Similarly, dehumanization was shown through the comparison of Jew to animals. An example of this comparison is when the Jews were forced into cattle cars as an animal would, ” Crammed into cattle cars by the Hungarian police, they cried silently.” (6, Wiesel). Although this method of transportation was efficient for the Nazis, it was inhumane. The Nazis did not care for the safety of the Jews. Another evidence of the comparison of Jews is when the villagers threw bread at the Jews and watched them fight each other, “And the spectators observed these emaciated creatures ready to kill for a crust of bread.” (101, Wiesel). The Jews were acting like dogs, the villagers found this entertaining. Throughout World War II, the Jews were thought to be less than human. Lastly, the Jews’ dehumanization is implied through their own actions toward each other. When Wiesel’s father was slapped, Wiesel did not do anything about it, “My father had just been struck, in front of me, and I had not even blinked.” (39, Wiesel). Wiesel had become so dehumanized that he did not stand up for his own father. The torment of the camp had changed the prisoners forever, they were no longer normal people. Another example of the Jews’ treatment toward each other is when Wiesel tore through people using his nails, “I dug my nails into unknown faces,” (93, Wiesel). At this point, he did not care about the wellbeing of others, his only goal was to survive even if it were at the expense of other people. The Jews were not afraid to fight and kill each other if it meant they’re survival.