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The author of Night, Elie Wiesel, narrates his journey at the Nazi concentration camps as a young Jewish boy, describing the cruel, gruesome events that occurred. The prisoners encountered the worst forms of torture; Elie transforms from being a happy Jewish boy living peacefully in Sighet, Transylvania, to becoming just a piece of debris in his surroundings at the concentration camps. However, the changes in their character and humanity are associated with the dehumanization of themselves through their travels at the concentration camps. The prisoners devolved into primitive people, with characteristics, necessary for survival. One of Wiesel’s strengths in this book is to be able to depict the true horror of dehumanization through the prisoners’ identification, treatment, and ________.Throughout the Holocaust, identification played a major role in the dehumanization of the Jewish prisoners. When the Germans first came to Sighet, their attitude was distant but polite towards the hosts, and they never demanded the impossible. Time passed by, and on the seventh day of Passover, their true colors were finally revealed. Laws were passed against the Jewish community. After the first law was passed, “Three days later, a new decree: every Jew had to wear the yellow star (11). ” The yellow star was a cloth patch on their outerwear that represented their Jewish faith. The yellow star signified the end of their freedom. “The three ‘veteran’ prisoners, needles in hand, tattooed numbers on our left arms. I became A-7713. From then on, I had no other name (42).” The number was a tattoo on their arms, representing their loss of identity and humanness. Elie was only referred to as a number in a line than his own name. When the Jews came together, everyone had very similar “names”, signaling the equivalence between the entire race. Although they were all unified at one status name-wise, this number brought down the Jewish status to one below the status of a normal person. The treatment that the Jews received was a factor of the dehumanization of the prisoners, who were constantly terrorized and tortured by the Nazis. As they were transported to the first concentration camp, they were mistreated. As Elie recalled the horrors that he faced, he wrote, “The next morning, we walked toward the station, where a convoy of cattle cars was waiting. The Hungarian police made us climb into the cars, eighty persons in each one. They handed us some bread, a few pails of water. They checked the bars on the windows to make sure they would not come loose. The cars were sealed (22).” The cattle cars were very compact, with little air to breathe and little room to move; the Germans took no notice of how minute the cars were. This shows that the Germans had no respect for the Jews. Due to the lack of oxygen in such a tiny area, many Jews died while traveling. The Germans never thought of a Jewish death as a loss of a person but instead, the load off of a useless object. Essentials were not taken into consideration either during their travels, creating different challenges for the prisoners for survival. The Nazis transported them as if they were cattle, objects, or in some cases, worse.