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Agis JoyceMr. PinneyEnglish 1 Per. 46 December 2017In Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night, he describes his experience as a prisoner in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Many horrible atrocities are described in detail.Some of these include inhumanity such as, being beaten by inmates in the wagon, being beaten by an SS officer, inmates being shot by SS officers, and Elie’s ill father being abused. Witnessing these atrocities had a profound impact on Wiesel, causing him to lose his faith in God, and learn how to fight for himself.The first atrocity that was presented in Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night, was when everyone in the wagon was beaten by inmates. “Abruptly, our doors opened. Strange-looking creatures, dressed in striped jackets and black pants, jumped into the wagon. Holding flashlights and sticks, they began to strike us left and right…”(Wiesel 28). In this quote Elie calls the inmates “creatures” to demonstrate that the prisoners become inhumane attacking innocent people. The second atrocity was portrayed when Idek abused Elie without a reasonable explanation.  “One day when Idek was venting his fury, I happened to cross his path. He threw himself on me like a wild beast, beating me in the chest, on my head, throwing me to the ground and picking me up again, crushing me with ever more violent blows, until I was covered in blood. As I bit my lips in order not to howl with pain, he must have mistaken my silence for defiance and so he continued to hit me harder and harder. Abruptly, he calmed down and sent me back to work as if nothing had happened. As if we had taken part in a game in which both roles were of equal importance.” (Wiesel 53). The men in control have gotten used to witnessing violence happening around them that it has become normal to them. Idek lashed his anger out on Elie and after continued his job as if a senseless act of violence had not just occurred. “Faster you filthy dogs!” We were no longer marching, we were running. Like automatons. The SS were running as well, weapons in hand. We looked as though we were running from them. The night was pitch-black. From time to time, a shot exploded in the darkness. They had orders to shoot anyone who could not sustain the pace. Their fingers on the triggers, they did not deprive themselves of the pleasure. If one of us stopped for a second, a quick shot eliminated the filthy dog.” (Wiesel 85)The German officers used death as a threat to frighten the prisoners into following their orders. The German officers have become so insensitive that shooting prisoners that could not keep up during the run had no meaning to them. “My son, they are beating me!””Who?” I thought he was delirious.”Him, the Frenchman … and the Pole … They beat me …”One more stab to the heart, one more reason to hate. One less reason to live.”Eliezer … Eliezer … tell them not to beat me … I haven’t done anything … Why are they beating me?” I began to insult his neighbors. They mocked me. I promised them bread, soup. They laughed. Then they got angry; they could not stand my father any longer, they said, because he no longer was able to drag himself outside to relieve himself.”(Wiesel 109)Eliezer’s father was assaulted by an officer because he kept calling out for his son. Even when Eliezer’s father was in this state of weakness the other prisoners chose to attack him. The two atrocities that occured after the Holocaust that I have chosen is the Cambodian Genocide, and the Srebrenica Genocide. The Cambodian Genocide took place in 1975 after the Khmer Rouge took control of the Cambodian government. The goal of the Khmer Rouge was to was to turn Cambodia into a communist agrarian utopia. They recruited millions of people and led them into labor camps where they were starved and abused.