Elie introduces his family including his mother, father, and three sisters. They live in a small town called Transylvania in sight. Elie meets a master of kabbalah named Moishe the Beadle, that teaches Elie the religion.
People of sight start to think if the war that had been going on for three years would end or would get closer. All the foreign jews are deported, including Moishe. Moishe returns from escaping from a mass murder of foreign jews. He warns people , but no one believes him.
Elie moves into the ghettos with his family and other jews. Then Elie and his father are moved into concentration camps one after another. On the way to the camp a lady named Mrs. schachter screams about seeing fire.
The family arrives at Birkenau, where men go right and women go left. Elie and father stay together but his mother and sister are separated from them. They go to Auschwitz then to Buna
Elie has to have a operation on his foot at the same time the camp is being evacuated. The prisoners begin the fifty mile death march to Gleiwitz. When the train reaches Buchenwald many are dead, only Twelve alive. Eliezer and his father work together to keep each other alive.
Elie feels guilty for his fathers death in Buchenwald. Elie also feels relif of surviving the ordeal. Elie was liberated on April 11, 1945. Elie left not the same, confused on who he was.