Where are examples of dehumanization in Night?

Where are examples of dehumanization in Night?

An example of dehumanization in Night is the police invasion of Sighet, when police raided the Jews' homes, set strict curfews, and forced all Jews to wear yellow stars. The dehumanization of the Jews continued as they were shuttled to ghettos and eventually to concentration camps. In the camps, Wiesel describes public beatings and hangings that contributed to a pervading sense of inhumanity. Ultimately, Night is filled with countless examples of dehumanization, as the Holocaust itself was an exercise in the mass dehumanization and extermination of millions of people.

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When the police come to gather the Jewish people in Elie's neighborhood, their actions reflect the way they fail to see these people as humans:

The Hungarian police used their rifle butts, their clubs to indiscriminately strike old men and women, children and cripples.

The police lash out at the neighborhood's weakest members, hitting them as if they are little more than livestock needing to be herded into a corral.

When Elie arrives at the concentration camp, he witnesses a horror beyond comprehension:

Not far from us, flames, huge flames, were rising from a ditch. Something was being burned there. A truck drew close and unloaded its hold: small children. Babies! Yes, I did see this, with my own eyes … children thrown into the flames.

Elie cannot even believe that this scene is real and pinches himself; the dehumanization of the Jews imprisoned in this camp is incomprehensible. The soldiers callously toss infants into flames, unmoved by their own acts of torture or the innocence of the...

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