Elie and his family are introduced, living in a town called Sighet. Interested in Judaism, Elie meets Moishe The Beatle, who offers to teach him about Jewish Mysticism.
Moishe The Beatle and many other jews were deported during World War II. Moishe is able to escape and comes back to warn Sighet, but no one listens.
German soldiers invade Sighet, forming ghettos. The Jews soon realized they were going to be taken to concentration camps. Elie and his father are put into the same car.
Elie and his father are separated from his mother and sister in Birkenau, then they are transported to Auschwitz, then to Buna, They start working in Buna, and Elie starts to loose his faith as death is all around him.
After awhile Elie's foot swells up and he has to get a operation. After the operation there is an evacuation, more well known as the Death March. It was 50 miles to Gleiwitz. Out of 100 people, twelve survived, Elie and his Father among the 12.
Elie's father dies in Buchenwald. Elie is devastated, it takes him a long time to recover. After everything is over he finally has the strength to look at his reflection; "From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The look in his eyes as they starred into mine, has never left me." (Wiesel 91)