Elie becomes close with Moishe the Beadle as they bond over studying the Kabbalah. However, Moishe is deported and when he comes back he warns the Jews of what may happen to them in the future. However, "people not only refused to believe his tales, they refused to listen"(Wiesel 7).
The Jews from Sighet were forced into cattle cars at night for transport to the concentration camps. According to Elie, a woman in his car named "Mrs. Schachter had lost her mind"(Wiesel 24). She kept screaming about seeing a fire when there was none.
The Jews arrive in Birkenau, where women and children are sent to the crematorium, while the men are dehumanized "naked, holding our shoes and belts"(Wiesel 36). After this, the men were sent to Auschwitz.
Elie and the other prisoners were moved to Buna. There Elie worked in a warehouse and was forced to watch hangings. The hanging of the pipel severely affected Elie. After seeing the hanging of the pipel Elie said, "the soup tasted of corpses."(Wiesel 65).
Elie questions his faith in God during Rosh Hashanah. Later, Elie and his father survive their first selection. After Elie's foot started swelling, he was sent to the hospital. The doctor said, "We have to operate! If we wait, the toes and perhaps the leg will have to be amputated"(Wiesel 78). After his surgery, Buna was evacuated due to an imminent German invasion.