The picture depicts the SS soldiers who entered the town and earned trust from the villagers, as Wiesel said " The Germans were already in our town, the Fascists were already in power, the verdict was already out-and the Jews of Sighet were still smiling" (Wiesel 10). This point was the start of the entire ordeal which Elie was faced with during the Holocaust.
The train ride in Chapter 2 was the turning point of the treatment the Jews faced for the rest of the story. Up until this point, the Jews were treated with respect and decent living conditions. On the train, they were treated like animals and "After two days of travel, thirst became intolerable" along with other important resources such as food which were restricted and began the process of killing the Jewish people (Wiesel 23).
A large part of the chapter is spent within the concentration camp which was very spartan and prison like as Wiesel says "We were herded into yet another barrack, inside the Gypsy camp. We fell into ranks of five. 'And now, stop moving!' There was no floor. A roof and four walls. Our feet sank into the mud" (Wiesel 38).
An important scene in Chapter 4 of the book is when Eliezer is asked for and keeps his tooth when he is called into the dentist's office. Elie sees that there is still some humanity left within the camp when the dentist allowed him to leave saying "'All right, son. Come back to see me when you feel better. But don't wait for me to call you'" (Wiesel 52).
The selection was the central point of the chapter and the fear that all of the characters including Elie and his father had of failing and being cremated. In the selection that Elie faced, he "ran without looking back... The race seemed endless; I felt as though I had been running for years... At last I arrived. Exhausted" (Wiesel 72). Wiesel was running as fast as possible to make sure he survived.