Elie is very intent on learning and is interested on what Moishe has to say and the ideas he proposes. His faith is very important and is second nature to him. He does not even know why he prays because it is the same as breathing to him.
Moishe returns after being abruptly deported and has a frighteningly unbelievable tale. Even Elie, who looked up to Moishe, could not bring himself to trust his story. This is Elie's first experiences with someone dramatically loosing their faith.
Germans arrive in their town despite the Jews reassuring themselves. They are not discontent though and they accept the Germans presence in their town.
It is time for the Jews to leave what they have always known. Their situation has grown gradually worse without any resistance. The Jews are very unhappy to have to wait outside in the hot sun and they can not wait to actually leave. The children are thirsty and everyone was sweaty.
All Jews, outside! Hurry!
The Jews are tightly loaded into a cattle car. There was little air and they were thirsty. On their trip they realize that they are not staying in Hungary...To late. A woman goes mad on the ride and the spirit is representing what they thought was possessing her. (P. 25)
The Jews arrive at "Auschwitz". They are now confident because of their temporary freedom from the cattle cars. The Jews give thanks to God. Elie has not weakened in his faith. A selection is made which splits the Jews. Elie never sees his mother or sisters again. The creature on the building represents the Jews that were charged with clearing out the cattle cars. (P. 28)