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Night by Elie Wiesel
In reading, Night by Elie Wiesel and A Man\'s Search For Meaning by , many
stories of the torturous life in the concentration camps during the second world
war. In each book, the reader gets a different point of view from each book
because in Night, you get to read about a teenager\'s view and in the book, A
Man\'s Search For Meaning, you get to read about a middle aged man\'s view. In the
book, Night, Elie, his family and his community go through a system of
indoctrination which in each step it makes you seem less and less of a human.
The first step is that the Hungarian police made all the Jewish people wear
yellow stars, so they could be picked out easily. The next step is that all the
Jewish people had to get rid of all their valuable belongings. The next step in
the system is moving all the Jewish people to the ghettos either in the large
one or the small one. Elie and his family was moved to the large one. The next
step is that Elie and his family had to move to the small ghetto where they were
getting ready to leave or be sent some where else. The following step of the
system is everyday they take a certain amount of Jewish people into the center
of the town square and then they let them sit there for a while.
The next step was that they had to walk to the synagogue and then they had to
walk to train after being in the synagogue for a day. Once they reach the train,
the Hungarian police put eighty people in a thirty person train car. The next
step is the long trip on the train, where people start going crazy, people not
getting fed well and no room to sit. Life in the camp, the next step is when the
train arrives at Auschwitz and then SS men ordered everyone out and makes them
leave their personal stuff behind.
In the next step they separated the men from the women and children, this was
a point where families were separated and most of the families never saw each
other again. Elie never saw his mother and his sisters again. He could have stay
with his mother but he told the SS men that he was eighteen years old and that
was better because the most people they killed were children. The older people
got to live longer because they thought that they will all die because of the
way they were treating them bad, by not feeding and making them work longer
The next step was to separate the handicapped from the normal. After that the
young and old are separated. The next step is all the men had take of the
clothes and be shaven and cleaned. The doctor went around check all the people
for any diseases and or handicaps. The next step is that all the people had to
get tattooed and the tattoo was that of a number and that number now replaced
your name. Then after that the sent you into room and they
gave you the same clothes. After that moment you definitely lost your
individuality because you looked like everyone else and everything about you has
been taken away so you start to think that you a just one of a million. These
ideas are taken from pages 8 to 39 in the book, Night. The concentration camps
seemed to bring out the worst in people because what happen was that all the
people there reverted to animals and they only thought on their minds was me.
Most of them wanted to survive as an individual rather than helping out and
surviving as a group. The issue of primary importance for the prisoners was
survival by any means necessary. Either young or old, everyone wants to get out
the concentration camps alive. Everyone had a different method of
survival, one example of that is that some people step over other people to
survive but others actually tried to be social and helpful, so that family and
friends of theirs could survive also. There is a four point methodology that can
be used to understand more the situation that both authors were in.
The nature of the universe is life in the concentration camp for men. Our
role is that we have to do everything in our power to survive the concentration
camps. The flaw is that not everyone wants to do everything in
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