With Hitler as the dictator of the Nazi Party, the Jews have no idea that the Holocaust was about to begin. The Jews were clueless of what was going to be the start of their suffering. The people of Sighet saw that "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). Soon their smiles will be gone and their pain and suffering will begin.
After loading the cattle car, the Jews were sent to concentration camps. When arriving at the camp, '"Someone near a window read us: "Auschwitz." Nobody had ever heard that name"' (Wiesel 27). They were about to enter a very long lasting disaster in the discrimination of Jews and other ethnicities.
After arriving at the camp, all the prisoners were stripped of their own identity. Elie Wiesel "..became A-7713. From then on, [he] had no other name" (Wiesel 42). Along with getting letters and numbers as their name, they wore the same clothing as the other prisoners and were to shave their heads. The camp dehumanized prisoners, they no longer had hope to live and survive.
Every year in the camp, selection happens. Selection is the awful process of removing the unhealthy and weak prisoners from the healthy and stronger prisoners. After Elie passed the first selection he ran to his father, midway they meet and asked each other: '"So? Did you pass?" "Yes. And you?" "Also"' (Wiesel 73). This symbolizes that they have not even up yet and will survive off of knowing the other is alive and well enough to pass the selection.
With the Russians on the way, the camp must evacuate all its prisoners and clean the place to cover up the inhumane ways they treated the prisoners. They were to run I the snow and they ones to fall behind were shoot. when they reached far enough to rest, Elie wanted to sleep, but his father warned him '"Don't let yourself be overcome by sleep, Eliezer. It's dangerous to fall asleep in snow. One falls asleep forever.."' (Wiesel 88). No where is really safe since the Holocaust started and they rely on each other to survive.