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Even in summer, Buna was not better, except it was not so cold. Levi takes pains depicting Buna as “desperately and essentially opaque and gray,” a “negation of beauty,”4 while Carbide Tower was compared to the Tower of Babel because inhabitants had 15 to 20 languages.5 These descriptions prove that the centralised aspect of the annihilation of the Jews included their assignment in unrelenting environments that killed them physically and mentally. Removed from their comfortable civilised stations in life, Levi and the rest of the prisoners learned the harshness of the environment as it reflects the coldness of inhumanity for putting them in utterly horrible circumstances.The unrelenting coldness and the drabness of Lager, however, pale in comparison to the coldness of how the Nazis could treat the Jews and the other groups. The Nazis killed the Jews without second thoughts, beginning with the elderly, women, and children. Levi describes their separation from those who were not considered fit to work because they were sick, old or had young children: “We saw them for a short while as an obscure mass at the other end of the platform; then we saw nothing more.”6 The temporal aspect of living in Auschwitz began in losing their loved ones, especially the most vulnerable. Apart from directly killing the Jews, the Nazis also used the bureaucracy to inflict a systematic dehumanisation system for the destruction of the Jews. “On the Bottom” narrates the removal of everything that makes people different from animals- their rights and freedoms. First, as mentioned, prisoners could not even drink or eat or feel warm during the transportation to Buna. Second, in Buna, no one gave them water to drink and yet there was tap water that tortured them for it was not fit for drinking.7 Third, the Nazis took all basic possessions, including clothing and shoes.8 It did not end there because when they were shaved, even their hair was taken from them.9 Fourth, all prisoners were renamed and baptised through tattooing numbers on their skin. For Levi, he has been reduced from a human being to a “Häftling,” where the high number of his tattoo signified his docility and stupidity to the rest of the prisoners/non-prisoners.10 The baptism stands for how the Nazis owned the Jews until their death, for no one who survived would forget their harrowing slavery experiences.To be a slave means to experience different
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  • Pages: 5 (1250 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: History
  • Level: Ph.D.
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