Elie’s father, trying to keep an ptimistic perspective. They were also treated like animals, being shipped to concentration camps in small cramped cattle trains were they traveled under the hot sun without being able to sit, something that never in their lives would they have thought of as a privilege. Adding to making them feel like animals, they also called them things like “filthy swines” and “sons of bitches”. They were also stripped of their dignity, something that scarred them emotionally. They tattooed numbers on their arms and called them that instead of their names.
Think about it: a name is what dentifies you from other people, it was given to you with love by your parents and know someone is taking that away from you and giving you a number as an identity, making the Jews feel Just like that, a worthless number. Hair is used to express your personality, you can control it to look a certain way, a way that you like it, the Nazis shaved off Elie’s hair along with everyone else’s and making them all feel dull and boring. Finally Jews were treated as objects. Like if they were a nuisance to the world and the Nazis were doing the world a favor by killing them.
They had no regard for heir lives. We first see an example of this in the first chapter: “Children were thirsty, crying for water standing in the scorching sun for over three hours. ” Meaning they were not given water to survive, a basic human necessity. Then in the cattle train on their way to the camps, they were not given any food during the course of the day, only the small portion that they carried from home. They were made to work like slaves for no pay at all and they were kept in a concentration camp and were not allowed to leave.
They lived in the same place were their people got murdered in ass numbers. “Do you see that chimney over there? See it? Do you see those flames? (Yes, we did see the flames. ) Over there-that’s where you’re going to be taken. That’s your grave, over there. ” (Elie 31) this was said to Elie by a veteran of the camp, because many children and babies were thrown into the burning furnace alive. Also “Someone began to recite the Kaddish, the prayer for the dead. I do not know if it has ever happened before, in the long history of the Jews, that people have ever recited the prayer for the dead for themselves. Elie 31) Elie meant that he had never seen his people pray for themselves as if they were dead. While everyone prayed Elie Just watched as he had lost his faith in God because of the things he had Just witnessed, In conclusion, this book serves as an example to give us a peek into the lives of Jews in the Holocaust. We learn that there was a time were a group of people were targeted and completely segregated from society to be tortured and scarred while they Just helplessly watched their own get kill. Books like these help us open our eyes so we never let this happen again.