1. Define dehumanization: the process of depriving a person or group of positive human qualities.
2. In the beginning of the story, the Jewish people were unknowing of what would happen next, but they had faith that whatever was to come, they would still be okay. Deeper in the book, they start to understand and accept their fate, and the fact that there would really be no one to save them from the camps. I think for some people too, death sounded easier than the conditions they were going through, so they weren’t really scared to move on to the next life.
3. Eliezer also changed, because knowing that thousands of people were dying everyday was the usual, and it didn’t affect him as much overtime. It was kind of just something where after a while, he knew wasn’t going to stop and there wasn’t anything people could really do about it either.
1. "I became A-7713. From then on, I had no other name." (pg. 42)
Having this code instead of a name is kind of like the beginning of all of the prisoners' dehumanization. They aren't being treated as people from the start, and the conditions of the camps add on to this.
2. "I watched other hangings. I never saw a single victim weep. These withered bodies had long forgotten the bitter taste of tears." (pg. 63)
Not many people cried when their time was coming up, because they were so use to being beat, to eating only the bare minimum, going through selections and working all the time... I think that in their head, to them there were things that were worse than dying and people die so often that it wasn't something to keep crying about anymore.
3. "I could hear my heart beating. The thousands who had died daily at Auschwitz and at Birkenau in the crematory ovens no longer troubled me. " (pg. 59)
The Eliezer in the beginning of the book, it would have been really difficult for him to know what's happening and kind of come to terms with it, but these things have been happening around Eliezer for a while so he's getting use to it.
1. “A Jew no longer had the right to keep in his house gold, jewels, or any objects of value.” (page 8)
We talked about how in this community at the time, like the families had a pretty comfortable life. I think that when this happened, it was kind of like a shocking moment for them because like these are the things that they value and that they have worked hard for… If someone just came in and told you that you can’t have anything that is valuable to you, I think that it would be really upsetting.
2. “The ghetto was to be completely wiped out. We were to leave street by street starting the following day” (page 11)
If I was put in this position, I think I would be kind of scared. To just get up and move is really weird, because you would have to adjust so fast and just move from this place that you’ve been connected to for a good amount of time.
3. "Her husband and two eldest sons had been deported with the first transport by mistake. The separation had completely broken her.” (page 22)
I think that this part was kind of sad too. It was kind of like when Elie and his father got separated from the girls. But I think that the difference was that Madame Schachter may have had less time. This part was also kind of sad because I feel like even though she still has the younger son, her family was everything and it was all she had.
4. “And I did not know that in that place, at that moment, I was parting from my mother and Tzipora forever. I went on walking.” (page 27)
I can’t imagine really separating from my family. I think at this point where the event happened, there may have been a part of Elie that knew they weren’t going to see each other again, and a part of him that still hoped that they would reconnect somehow. If that was me I would constantly be thinking about them and if they’re doing okay. Elie also might have been thinking about what life would have been like if they didn’t get separated.
5. “How could it be possible for them to burn people, children, and for the world to keep silent” (page 30)
I think that a lot of people can relate to this one question that Elie stated on page 30. It’s really hard to come to a good idea of what was going on through those people’s heads if they thought that burning people was the way to go. And it wasn’t like they burned five people either. Do they not get tired of it? Doesn’t it hurt them the least bit inside?
Always finding my way
Back to the water
The ocean being my first choice
To ease all of my adversities
The water being the one place
That can easily bring my family together
There's no place
I'd rather be
Than on my surfboard
Out at sea
"You won't be disappointed"
The words that are constantly coming from my mouth
Having to prove myself
Especially when it comes to Cobra Bubbles
But even though life gets hard
And even though not everyone is on my side
I've never been one to give up
Cobra Bubbles will see what I can do
I refuse to give him a reason
To doubt me
I know my priorities
And that’s how
I’ve always been
I feel bad for not making
time for David
But I have things to take care of
I can’t always go surfing
Or go out to dinner
But it’s only because I’m trying
To take care of my responsibilities
Lilo always aggravates me
But no matter how many times
The doors slam
Or we yell across the room
My love for her will never ease
She has the most peculiar taste in things
But I'd go as far as
Getting a blue dog for her
If that made her happy
The Holocaust was a catastrophic event that resulted in the death of six million Jewish people. It happened over the course of a few years and included events such as the invasion of Poland, establishment of ghettos, and the killings at death camps. “Nazi Germany occupied or influenced many countries during the war, and killed nearly two out of every three European Jew as part of the ‘Final Solution’. To commit a mass murder and take out so much of one population is beyond cruel. The only reason why the Holocaust had happened was because Jewish people were discriminated against, and Adolf Hitler wanted to get rid of all of them. It’s difficult to think that because one person doesn’t like Jewish people, a group of people would agree and decide to kill as much of those people as they could. “By mid-1942 Nazi German authorities deported millions of Jews from Germany, from occupied territories and from the countries of many of its Axis allies, to ghettos and to killing centres or extermination camps.” There were so many ways that these people suffered. As Jews were deported, they were also forced split up from their families. In most situations, they were separated by gender and didn’t have a high chance of seeing their families again. The Holocaust was terrible as it is, but it doesn’t stop there. Even after the Holocaust, the victims had to go through even more hardships.
The victims of the Holocaust faced numerous hardships following this catastrophic event. “In 1945, when Anglo-American and Soviet troops entered the concentration camps, they discovered piles of corpses, bones, and human ashes”. When Jews were sent to concentration camps they were forced to either work or be sent into a large chamber of fire to be killed and cremated. But if they felt you were strong, useful, or worthy enough they would send you straight to the chamber. Most of the time they sent babies and young children straight to the fire chamber. They were sent to die in such a gruesome and cruel way. “Soldiers also found thousands of Jewish and non-Jewish survivors suffering from starvation and disease”. Jewish Holocaust survivors were scared to return to their former homes due to anti-semitism. This left them out on the streets with food or water and exposed them to many different diseases and illnesses. Just because they were afraid to return their homes that they weren’t able to require basic necessities. While these survivors were living on the streets they were forced into very harsh environments where there were pogroms, violent anti-jew riots, everyday. Even after the holocaust “ended” they still faced cruel and horrible treatment.
THE NANKING MASSACRE
The Nanking Massacre occurred over a six week time frame during 1937. Basically, this event took place in Nanking, a Chinese city. 200,000 to 300,000 people died, and about 20,000 to 80,000 women were sexually assaulted.
The Holodomor was a man made famine. During this time, many people in Ukraine died of hunger. The amount of people that died was guessed to be from 1.5 to 10 million people.