Holocaust Project

-Alison Klein

Dehumanization

verb. to deprive of human qualities or attributes; divest of individuality:
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Pg. 35

" For us it meant true equality: nakedness. "
Dehumanization During The Holocaust

Grandfather's stories:

1. My grandfather is a first generation german on his mother's side. His mother was german and father was from Vienna. When he was young, his parents moved from Germany to the United States where he grew up with his parents and brother. He says, " When my brother and I were growing up the other kids would all us little Nazi's. This was just because we were Germans. So, my family always participated in patriotic activities just to prove to everyone that we weren't Nazis. We always told people that we moved from Germany to the United States by choice not because we had to." (My Grandfather. Robert William Klein the first)


2. At the age of 18-19, my grandfather was a sailor and he went to Israel, what he saw while going up and the down the coast was a lot of camp areas that were used for pitstop for the transportation of jewish prisoners. He said, "The condition of the camp was over populated, small, filthy, and not enough food." (My Grandfather. Robert William Klein the first)


3. " 'We visited one of the concentration camps when I grew up and all I can remember is seeing all the mass graves, gas chambers, torture chambers, and picturing all the destruction that occurred. I remember thinking back, and then coming back and seeing all the mass graves that was just a deep trench that the Nazi's threw dead bodies into and then either burned them and then covered it by dirt, or just covered it b y tons of dirt.' " (My Grandfather. Robert William Klein the first)

Suffering

Noun. the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship.

Pg. 4o

" a few more steps than we saw the barbed wire of another camp. This one had an iron gate with the overhead inscription: ARBEIT MACHT FREI. Work makes you free. Auschwitz."
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REASON CHOSEN...

The two words, "Dehumanization" and "Suffering" were chosen by me because I feel that those were two strong feelings that the author was trying to convey to the readers, that the Jews felt in the book "Night" by Elie Wiesel.
Concentration Camps : Holocaust Children