He was arrested by the Fascist militia who later transferred him to the SS. S was the German force who generally handled the affairs of concentration camps. Tese camps were spread across the occupied Europe and Jews were going to be the main group of prisoners here. A the account of those dark days begins, Lvi vividly describes a scene of deportation where before a group of isolated Jews waiting in some station, anotorious transport train came and halted. Lvi was one of these unfortunate people, ad he writes the “goods wagons closed from the outside, wth men, wmen and children pressed together without pity, lke cheap merchandise, fr a journey towards nothingness, ajourney down there, twards the bottom.
S what did this bottom mean? Ws it a seemingly endless see of grief, werein the unfortunate Jews were being thrown to explore the so called bottom? T reach this bottom, ech and every prisoner was to be transcended through a definite process of systematic torture. Tis was the avenue of Nazi torture and related contortion tactics to humiliate otherwise cultured and generally well-to-do people … Europe’s Jewish people.
Nzi concentration camp administrators divided the captured and/or deported Jews in different groups mainly as per their working capabilities. Lvi was put in the group of mostly young adult males, wo could be used as forced labor under conditions of strict bondage. Tis bondage extended from mere enslavement to continuous subhuman living. Te prisoners were kept on minimal food. Tey were subjected to terrible cold. Tey were forced to denude before each other and bath together in a crowded Tey were to stand in ankle deep ice cold water.
Bing a forced laborer, Lvi was asked to do various sorts of works by the Officers at different times during the detention period. Ad in Auschwitz, te most notorious Nazi concentration camp in Poland, bting cold was particularly painful and hunger was terrible. A every step … bathing, wrking, eting, lning in queues, ec. te prisoners were systematically made to believe that they were Untermenchen (the German word for sub human). A far as the officers and guards were “hey were particularly pitiless, vgorous and inhuman individuals” (Levi, 81).
Te Jewish prisoners were not criminals or convicts. Tey were not under trial. Ulike Levi, mjority of Jews...
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