Man’s InhumanityTowards Man In the book Night, Eliezer’s spiritualstruggle owes to his faith after heno longer has full faith in God and no longer has faith in anything around him.
After experiencing such cruelty, Eliezer cannot make sense of him world. Hisillusions result from his awful and painful experience with the Nazipersecution. Eliezer also finds it inhuman how his fellow prisoner treats eachother and give up on working together.
Even though Eliezer starts to lose faithin everyone else, he also starts to abandon his own father. This shows his owninhumanity toward his own father. Everything he experiences in the war show himhow horrible people can treat one another. A revelation that troubles himdeeply and a world where he does not believe in anymore, he tries to keep hisfaith and believe there is still good in the world. Thefirst act of cruelty Eliezer experiences is that way the Nazis treated him andthe other prisoners. Yet, when the Nazis first appear, they do not seemmonstrous in any way. Eliezer recounts, “Our first impressions of the Germanswere most reassuring. .
. Their attitude toward their hosts was distant, butpolite.” (Weisel 13) When Eliezer and his father got to the camps, the Nazisacted civilized and polite to the prisoners. Some of the Jewish prisonersboarded in houses owned by the Jews.
The Nazi prisoners did this in thebeginning to make the Jews has a sense of complacency. Once into Auschwitz’s, that’swhen the Nazis made the Jews fears them as a way of authority. Jews were not able to keep any objects that had meaning to them. Eliezersays, “A Jew no longer had the right to keep in his house gold, jewels, or anyobjects of value” (Wiesel 8).
When the Germans transported the Jews toAuschwitz, they were forced to sit in crowded wagons that had no space to moveabout in. A German officer said to the Jews, “‘There are eighty of you in thiswagon; If anyone is missing, you’ll all be shot, like dogs….'” (Wiesel 22).This shows that the Germans had no respect for the Jews. It also shows thatthey thought nothing of them. Instead the Germans compared the Jews to beinglike “dogs” or animals, which showed that the Jews were dehumanized.
TheNazis doctors also experimented on the Jewish people in an attempt to create a”perfect superior race of man”. Dr. Mengele was a German Officer anda Physician. He was the doctor that did experiments on the Jews to create asuperior being and try to make Jews in Mengele’s eyes, German. The Nazis alsocrammed the Jewish people in to cattle cars to transport them from place toplace, or they forced marched them. The Germans transported the Jews incattle carts to move them to Auschwitz. They crammed as many Jews as they couldin one cart.
There was no space to move and people were suffocating. If one ofthe people fell or went to the ground, they were killed. If a Jew showed anytype of weakness, they would be killed.
If a Jew was weak then they would be nogood to do any hard labor. The way the Nazis treated the Jews were horrific.