In Night, Elie Weisel tells his horrific story of being held in Auschwitz. In chapter four, the Jewish people were not allowed to play any music by Beethoven. Beethoven is the famed German composer. The SS, led by Adolf Hitler, thought that Germans were the supreme race, and that the Jewish people were nothing. Hitler wanted to eliminate the Jews altogether. They didn't think the Jews were pure enough to play anything that a German had composed. The Jews were not allowed to play any music that was from a German.
The Nazi's main goal was to dehumanize the Jewish population. They tried to strip them of everything that made them human. They shaved their heads, stripped their clothes and tattooed numbers in their arms. Their names were taken from them and they were only known by a number. By taking away their right to play music, was an even farther example of how the SS tried to make the Jewish people become nothing. What is interesting is the strong sense of who the Jews are. Their faith kept on living even among the most horrible conditions. There is even evidence that they celebrated Passover while in the camps. No matter how hard Hitler tried, he just couldn't break the spirit of the Jews.
Elie Weisel suffered and lost so much, but he still survived, and not just survived, but thrived. The SS tried to take even music away from them, but in the end they couldn't destroy to strength of the Jews.