The Holocaust : The Death Camp Essay

2280 Words May 30th, 2016 10 Pages
To dehumanize is to “deprive someone of positive human qualities” or at least that is what the literal definition is. However, the significant meaning behind it is to treat someone as though they are not human, rather lower ranking or like an animal. What do most people think of when hearing about the Holocaust? The simple answer to that is, the Jewish population. Most people know that many terrible things happened to the Jewish people during the Holocaust, however, very few know how poorly they were treated and how each individual was the bane of some of the Germans existence, including Adolf Hitler. Especially in one of the largest concentration camps of it’s kind, Auschwitz-Birkenau also known as “The Death Camp”. This paper explores what happened behind the walls of Auschwitz that led to the dehumanization of the Jewish people. They lived as an animal would live, treated as an animal would be treated, and killed in mass amounts with no regrets from their murderers. The Jewish people were punished and killed for what seemed to be a crime of existing.
“We say and write "Auschwitz," but we actually mean a torture center, a terror that we cannot possibly conceive, the essence of evil and horror. Yet, Auschwitz was not another planet, but a huge complex built by human beings to murder other human beings in the cruelest industrialized manner.” Auschwitz was a place like no other, especially other concentration camps that littered Germany. It was nicknamed “The Death Camp”…

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