Eliezer’s father directs him to a shed to sleep in.When Eliezer falls asleep, his dad wakes him and warns him not to fall asleep—it’s dangerous to sleep in the snow. To sleep means death.Death is all around them. Many people do in fact die while they sleep. Snow falls on the corpses.Eliezer and his dad work to keep each other awake.Eliezer’s father smiles at him, and Eliezer wonders from which world the smile comes.
The prisoners are crammed together in the train car for the night. The train stops and the SS officers order the prisoners to toss any dead bodies out of the train. The prisoners are happy to get rid of the dead to make more room in the train car. Eliezer’s father, who looks pretty dead, is almost thrown out, but Eliezer manages to revive him (by hitting him repeatedly) just in time.
They are sent to the barracks to sleep. When Eliezer wakes up, he realizes he lost his dad in the confusion to enter the blocks.
The SS officers begin to evacuate the camp and start moving thousands of prisoners out each day. After all prisoners are removed, the camp will be blown up. But Eliezer and others in the camp are lucky. An underground resistance movement in the camp acts and gains control. At six o’clock that night, American tanks are at the door of Buchenwald.