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To dehumanize means to treat someone like an animal or to encourage him or her to behave like an animal, to take away all the good human qualities such as friendship, trust, and kindness. During the Holocaust, The Nazi's employed numerous techniques of dehumanizing their captives which forced the Jews to endure treacherous conditions. One of these techniques is demonstrated in the way that the Jews were conveyed in cattle cars to the concentration camps. Purposely withholding a proper mean of transportation, the Nazis place the Jews on the same level as animals and therefore undermine the importance of Jewish existence. To enclose the Jews in a transport meant for animals is to limit their freedom and further dehumanizing the Jews as well as belittling their self-esteem. Also, the Nazi's hospitality for the Jews depicts another form of the dehumanization of the Jews. The Jews were given a small crust of bread every day and a small bowl of soup. People sometimes fought each other for extra rations and later on during the Holocaust, killed each other. The Jews were also barely clothed, and their shoes were taken away from them. They were forced to work all day with no breaks and were beaten if they stopped. In doing so, the Nazi's treated the Jews as animals in the true sense of dehumanization. Continuing this process, the Nazi's treated and tortured the Jews cruelly and relentlessly. People were burned alive, stripped of all possessions such as, shoes, watches, gold crowns, beaten and put through selection where the stronger lived and the weaker were burned. However, one of the most extreme efforts at dehumanizing the Jews was through the various experiments done by the Nazi's. Some of these experiments included: sun lamp, internal irrigation, hot bath, warming by body heat and freezing/hypothermia. The internal irrigation system occurs when "the frozen victims would have water heated to a near blistering temperature forcefully irrigated into the stomach, bladder and intestines (Medical Experiments of the Holocaust and Nazi Medicine). The Nazi's wanted to make the victims do degrading things in order to strip the Jews of their identity and make them appear to be subhuman.

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