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The Holocaust And Khmer Rogue Essay

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“Night”, by Elie Wiesel was an autobiography in which Wiesel shares his experiences in Auschwitz-Birkenau, one of Hitler’s concentration camps. Wiesel was one of the Jews to survive the Holocaust during World War II. His family did not make it through with him. On the other hand “When Broken Glass Floats” by Chanrithy Him is a story about life in the Killing Fields when the Khmer Rouge attempted to create an agrarian utopia in Cambodia. About 1.7 million people died as a result of execution, starvation and diseases. While the Holocaust and the Khmer Rouge regime were both genocides, the Holocaust was a pure act of violence, the Khmer Rouge regime was a failed attempt at creating a communist society.

Wiesel and Him were both in essence enslaved by their government in a sense. Wiesel was put in a concentration camp where he was tortured with other Jews. For instance, one of the many cases when the SS officers used violence to punish was when the Kapo Idek, whipped Wiesel twenty five times to keep him quite after Wiesel had witnessed Idek having sex with a Polish girl. In Hims case, she traveled through refugee camps and endured her own fair share of violence. An example, would be Him's uncles and her father were taken away for "new jobs" but they were killed . This was found out later by Hims mother when she saw another man wearing her husbands shirt . In addition, Equiano would understand the plight of Him, and Wiesel. Since he too was a slave and had to endure his own share of tyranny and violence, like when he had to take a trip from Africa. He described how in this trip the captain and his crew were abusive towards the crew. For instance all of them were packed into the ship as if they were cargo being transported. Which is similar to Wiesels drive to Birkenau because Wiesel and other Jew were herded and crammed into cattle cars and they were not fed just like the slaves on the ship. Also, in both cases the Holocaust and the Khmer Rouge regime the rights of the individual was non-existent. For instance, in the Night Wiesel explains how the Jews were put in work camps to make whatever the work camp was for. An example, of this is when Wiesel was sent to Buna where he made electrical fittings in a factory . Similarly, in Him's case the Khmer Rouge regime was based on the idea that everything is for the commune as well. An example of this is when a radio was confiscated form Him and her family by the Khmer Rouge soldier and he claimed that the radio is now a property of the commune .

Even Though, Wiesel, and Him were forcefully a part of their respective genocides. The plight of Wiesel was much different than the plight of Him. For instance, in the concentration camps in the Holocaust, there was no rationing system like there was in the Khmer Rouge regime. Furthermore, there were no doctors to treat you in these concentration camps. There was an incident that Him described where her foot was hurt and a Khmer Rouge doctor was compassionate...

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