"Elie Weisel peaceful life gets torn apart and uprooted as Nazi Germany invade Hungary and force the Jews to evacuate their homes. They are forced to leave their lives and get on trains, but their hope doesn't falter, "..this whole business of deportation is nothing but a big farce" (Weisel 21).
Elie, his family and all his neighbors are put in a cattle car and taken to Auschwitz. The train ride is cruel and harsh, with people often losing their minds like Mrs Schachter, "' Look at this fire!'.. There was nothing. Only the darkness of the night" (Weisel 25).
At Auschwitz, Elie is separated fro his mother and sister, stripped of his bearings and given a number. he witnesses and experiences the cruelty of the camp," Something was being burned there..small children. Babies!...children were thrown into the flames (Weisel 32).
Elie and his father are transferred to Buna where Elie gets beaten mercilessly and his gold crown is taken from him. He witnesses two hangings, the first one being defiant and the second one heartbreaking, "But the third rope was still moving: the child, too light was still breathing" (Weisel 65).
The prisoners are forced to run to their next destination at night, in the snow, with out food, rest or water. Elie witnesses the extent to which person will go to survive and the deaths of his inmates, which leave him haunted forever "I shall never forget Juliek.. when I hear Beethoven, my eyes close.. my Polish comrade bidding farewell" (Weisel 95).