Themes of the holocaust literature

Dehuminization
Dehumanization means deny someone of human qualities. These qualities include individuality, compassion, and civility. Elie faces many challenges throughout his experience in the concentration camps that leads to his dehumanization.

Loss of faith
Due to the atrocities the Jewish experienced during the Holocaust, many lost their faith in humanity and God. Many were filled with disgust, as the God they were so loyal to had abandoned them when they were subject to such cruelty. Most could not accept the silence and rebelled against their religious upbringing. It’s debatable whether Elie completely lost his faith in God, but it surely is apparent that he changed vastly from his past enormously religious self. We see glimpses of Elie questioning and refuting God, but we also see the contradictory behavior he exhibits by returning to praise. In the list below, I will provide multiple quotes related to the theme of loss of faith and how many Jews, including Elie, questioned God.

Intolerance
unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one’s own.