In the first chapter WWII has been going on for many years but Elie's town of Sighet has yet to be seriously affected. The people believed that they would be spared, however, "In less than three days, German Army vehicles made their appearance on our streets." (Wiesel 9).
Almost the entire second chapter was spent on the train ride to Auschwitz. Everybody was very packed together and "Lying down was not an option, nor could we all sit down." (Wiesel 23). They spent days in this car without food or water.
In the previous chapter a woman named Mrs. Schächter was screaming that she could see flames from the cattle car. Everyone thought that she was crazy. After the selection in the beginning of the chapter Elie saw the flames and someone said to him "Over there, that's where they will take you. Over there will be your grave." (Wiesel 31).
In this chapter a group of prisoners were caught with weapons. Because of this the man in charge of that camp was sent to Auschwitz and the little pipel was hung. After it happened Eli said "And so he remained for more than half an hour, lingering between life and death." (Wiesel 65).
In this chapter the prisoners marched out of the camp on their way to a new camp that is farther in Germany. This is because the Russians are close and are expected to liberate the camp within the next few days. When the gates opened Eli said "It seemed as though an even darker night was waiting for us on the other side." (Wiesel 84).
In this chapter the prisoners were forced to run over 20km through harsh conditions in order to get to their new camp, Gleiwitz. At the end of the chapter they were put on another train and shipped even farther into Germany. Elie said "The SS shoved us inside, a hundred per car: we were so skinny! When everybody was on board, the convoy left." (Wiesel 97).