A major difference between Night and Farewell to Manzanar are the described conditions in both camps.
In Night, the prisoners are violated, physically and mentally, even before they reach the death camps. Upon arrival, men and women are separated. There is no regard for the humanity of each person; anyone who objects is summarily shot by the Nazi guards. Elie relates that he never saw his mother and sister again after being separated from them.
The most horrific sight greets Elie as the guards decide who will be assigned to the camps or the crematorium: a truck drives up and unloads the bodies of children and babies into a burning ditch. At the camps, guards routinely beat prisoners, often for arbitrary reasons and sometimes for no reason at all. The strongest prisoners are assigned to be Sonderkommandos in the crematorium. Elie relates that Bela Katz, a merchant's son who was chosen to be a Sonderkommando, had been forced to place his own father's body into the crematorium.
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