Deportation to the ghetto started and people were marching. Elie recalled, ¨my father was crying. It was the first time I saw him cry¨ (Wiesel 19). As they were ordered to run, fellow citizens watched as they passed. The chaos was even greater in the small ghetto than in the larger one.
The Jews were crammed on each car with about 80 people. Elie recalled, ¨lying down was not an option, nor could we all sit down¨ (Wiesel 23). They traveled for 2 days, very thirsty and hot. Some people, like Mrs. Schachter, became hysterical as a result of fear.
Most items were left in the car. Women and men were separated, as Elie recalled, ¨I didn´t know that this was the moment in time and the place where I was leaving my mother and Tzipora forever" (Wiesel 29). The weak, young, and some women were burned and turned into ashes.
The prisoners were given a new change of clothes. They were assigned a Kommando to work in with fellow prisoners. Elie recalled, ¨dozens of Kommandos were marching off, in step, to the work yards. The Kapos were beating the time¨ (Wiesel 49). Elie and his father got assigned to work at the warehouse.
Rumors went around that the Russians were about to evacuate the camps. Elie was in the hospital because of his leg injury but ended up leaving in order to be with his father. Elie recalled that the people in the infirmary ¨were simply liberated by the Russians, two days after the evacuation¨ (Wiesel 82). This is ironic because if he had stayed, he would've in liberated.
The prisoners marched to another concentration camp. The cold weather killed weak inmates and many were frozen to death. Elie recalled, ¨nobody asked anyone for help. One died because one had to. No point in making trouble¨ (Wiesel 89). Many accepted that they were weak and could not go on any longer.