Inhumanity Towards Others Essay

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Inhumane actions were common during the Holocaust. In Night, you are able to see how the Germans were inhumane to the Jews while they were in the concentration camps. The Germans were inhumane to the Jews because they thought of them as a waste of time and their actions consisted of beatings with truncheons, forced labor, burning babies, forcing them to travel long distances or be shot, refusing to give them food or water before long journeys, treating them like animals, and hanging them.
Physical abuse was one of the more common actions and in particular was when the Germans beat the Jews with truncheons. The Jews went through the big synagogue where the Germans would search for valuables. “There were outbreaks of hysteria and blows with the truncheons.” (11) Beating the Jews was inhumane because they were not harming anyone and did nothing wrong.
Another well-known action was forced labor, Jews were forced to make all kinds of things during the war. After Elie and his father were transferred to a new camp they were assigned to work. Elie was lucky and was assigned an easy job. “Sitting on the ground they counted bolts, bulbs, and small electrical fittings.” (33) Even though Elie’s job was easy he still had to sit on the ground and count things for long periods of time. It eventually had to get boring and they were not able to just get up and leave.
A more surprising inhumane action the Germans did was burning babies. Elie saw flames not far from him and noticed they were burning something. “A lorry drew up at the pit and delivered its load-little children. Babies!” (21) Burning babies is always going to be wrong, they are too young to do any harm to anyone else.
A more tiring action was when the Germans forced the Jews to travel long distances. The SS were running too, with their weapons in their hands. They had orders to shoot anyone who could not keep up. “Near me, men were collapsing in the dirty snow. Shots.” (57) Forcing them was wrong but shooting them when they fell behind was even worse.
An expected action was the Germans refused to give out food or water before long journeys. The police gathered everyone from the ghetto into the main street and took roll call. “The heat was intense, sweat streamed from faces and bodies. Children cried for water and there was plenty at hand but we were forbidden to break the ranks.” (10) The second example was when the train continued on its journey...

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