| Quote #7
In the afternoon, they made us line up. Three prisoners brought a table and some medical instruments. We were told to roll up our left sleeves and file past the table. The three "veteran" prisoners, needles in hand, tattooed numbers on our left arms. I became A-7713. From then on, I had no other name. (3.143)
Eliezer’s loses the humanness of having a name and becomes a number.
| Quote #8
The medical checkup took place outside, early in the morning, before three doctors seated on a bench.
Medical examinations are a joke. Although Germans considered Jewish bodies important for labor, it is not important for their bodies to be kept healthy. The identity and value of the Jewish prisoners is reduced to the value that can be extracted from their bodies – whether that value was labor or gold.
| Quote #9
I was nothing but a body. Perhaps even less: a famished stomach. The stomach alone was measuring time. (4.61)
Eliezer has been reduced to simply a body, nothing more.