Dehumanization: The Holocaust & Slavery

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Dehumanization: The Holocaust & Slavery Maus, by Art Spiegelman, brought a renewed sense of Holocaust consciousness to the American public. It also introduced the topic of dehumanization to new audiences because of its accessibility as a comic-book narrative. Dehumanization can be defined as the deprivation of an individual's human qualities, personality, or spirit. This process transpired for many years, to many innocent people for no logical or intelligent reason during the Holocaust. The prisoners of the Holocaust were systematically and bureaucratically annihilated by the Nazis during World War II. Some of the offenses incurred upon the Jewish people included being placed in concentration camps, separated from loved ones, stripped of clothing and belongings, forced into laborious work conditions and eventually murdered. These offenses were the main dehumanizing factors during the Holocaust. Not many can fully contemplate the idea of this occurring in our world, and in such recent times. Reading and learning about the circumstances of the Holocaust will never fully allow society to understand how those involved could have felt, but many authors attempt to interpret the moods and feelings of those involved. Although Sp Continue...


Actions must be taken to prevent such things from happening. Even today, in countries not as civilized as ours, women and others are violated and have no chance of a meaningful life. Such a problem would not be allowed to advance to such proportions in today's world. ), how can they begin to imagine and even relate with the pain and torture that was prevalent to the Jewish people during the Holocaust Another reason that people may not be able to relate to the the killing of hundreds of thousands because they were not of the right genetic make-up is because that is an unthinkable crime that would not be tolerated today. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Bibliography. Years ago, however, people had differing views. This fact alone totally takes away human qualities from a person's life. Today's society is still racially divided in many aspects, and slavery is a painful subject for many. People not affected by slavery cannot comprehend its effects on those whose family it touched. Reading this narrative will hopefully give them an understanding of how the mistreatment and wrongdoing is hard to forget. If many today cannot imagine life without the luxuries, (televisions, cars, cellphones, etc. iegelman's work fully details emotions and thoughts of the persecuted, it is highly doubtful that readers could ever truly understand what thoughts could have been going through the victims' minds. While it is understandable that decedents are still upset, people must come together and overcome the mistakes of the past. Only the children of the victims could possibly have somewhat of an understanding of the sentiments that the casualties of this atrocity felt. Relating to actions that have not happened to oneself is always a difficult task.