Elie, his family, and the rest of the Jewish community are removed from their homes, and put into a ghetto. They have one last chance to escape, but they do not take it.
Elie and his father are split from his sister and mother forever. This is the very last time his family is together.
Elie is struck by the furnace and the stench of death that lingers in the smoke and covers the camp. The furnace is a symbol of their situation, and its presence nearly assures them of their fate. Elie is also challenged in his faith for the first time because of this pinnacle of doom.
Elie and his father are put into barracks to wait for assignment, and everything is muddy with hardly any protection from the elements. This is the beginning of their acclimation to camp life.