We are told about Elie and his family. Elie is very interested in the Jewish religion. He asked his father if he could have a master for the religion his father said no he later found his own master known as Moshe the Beadle.
Elie lives in a town called Sighet and the people of Sighet start to wonder if the nazis will start to come into there town and take over. During this time all of the Jews that weren't born there were deported and shot to death. Moshe is able to escape and survive, Moshe comes back to his town and trys to warn his fellow jews but the jews don't listen to him.
The German soldiers raid Elies hime town and put up ghettos that the Jews are forced to live in. In the ghettos the jews find out that they are going to be deported to concentration camps. Elie and his father are put into the same cart with Mrs.Schachter as she screams about seeing a fire no one else sees.
There whole family is at Birkenau and the men are seperated from the women. From that camp Elie and his father are deported to Aushwitz and the to Buna to work. There Elie experiences murder, suffering, and loss of hope.
After plenty of time in these camps Elie is forced hurt he has puss in his foot and is in great need of surgery. As Elie is laying in the hospital bed his father hears that the camp is going to be raided so he go gets Elie out of his bed and the Nazi soldiers are forcing them to run through the snow as Elie has his hurt foot. Many die, only twelve are alive when the train reaches the concentration camp of Buchenwald. Elie and his father some how manage to live but his father is deathly sick.
While Elie and his father are in Buchenwald, his father passes. Elie is feeling many feelings right night as guilt, and relief. Elie lives through the whole thing, during this time Elie looses track of who he is as a person. On April 11, 1945 Elie was liberated from the camps.