Son, we should fast so we can keep up our strength...but also to mock God.
We'll be the accusers. God will be the accused.
Eliezer confides in Moish about his desire to learn Kabbalah, so he begins to teach him. One day, Moish the Beetle is taken away by the Hungarian police because he's a foreign Jew in Sighet. When he returns, he warns the people to flee because he was forced to dig his own grave but was lucky enough to get away. When they don't listen, the Germans arrive. Fascists were already in power, and the Jews of Sighet were still optimistic. After the celebration of Passover, people begin to be deported. The Wiesels arrive at a smaller ghetto. Once they stay there for a while, they eventually get borded like cattle onto a train.Not knowing where they were headed.
Where are the dead?! Throw them out! *crying*
Why do you want people to believe you so much?
Eliezer's group asks around for good work groups and are told to stay away from "Kommando". An SS assistant barters Ellie to get into a good labor unit for hsi shoes. But Ellie knew they were hey to his survival . Also he pretends he's sick in order to keep his gold crown for later food exchange. One day, Ellie catches Idek sleeping with a young Polish girl and is beaten for it. Some Sunday, an air raid occurs and the SS take cover while the Jews remained bunked. One man ventures to get soup, but is killed by the allies bombs. After this event, many hanging occur.
Please son, I need water.
The Jews inside Buna celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Ellie refuses to bless God's name. And on Yom Kippur, Ellie and his father do not fast. Eventually he is transferred away from his father right before election. They are given some advice and get undressed for D. Mengele. Ellie passes the selection, but his father end up on the list. To say goodbye, Ellie inherits a knife and a spoon. However, father ends up passing. Later Ellie's foot becomes swollen and a doctor suggests amputation, so he's transferred to the "hospital". Rumor spreads of Russian liberation, so he flees the hospital with his injury.
The first thing we want as free men is food!
The prisoners are crammed in the train car for the night. The SS make multiple stops to toss any dead bodies out. Ellie's father is on the verge of death, but he manages to keep him on the train. They travel for 10 days, sometimes through German villages. German workers are amused by their animalistic ways when they throw bread on the train. A son even kills his father. During the night, someone tries to strangle Eliezer, but Meir Katz saves him. Finally the train arrives at Buchenwald. A hundred prisoners got on the train, only a dozen get off.
Why don't the Germans just shoot everybody?! It would be more merciful.
Ellie and his father are sent to take hot showers. His father decides to lay in the snow among the dead instead. Later they are sent to sleep in the barracks. When he wakes, he realizes he had lost his father in the chaos. Ellie feels ashamed for thinking like Rabbi Eliahu's son. Eliezer finds him and brings him some coffee and his own ration of soup to help his fever. After many days, Ellie takes his father to the doctor because he has dysentery, but they are turned away. Some men beat his father, but Ellie can't reason with them to stop. Ellie stays awake on the top bunk to listen to his father moan for water. In the morning, his father's body is gone and all he can feel is that he's free.
You should stop caring for your father-here it's every man for himself
I feel guilty for even considering this
For the next couple months in Buchenwald, nothing mattered to Ellie. The Allies were fast approaching but it seemed the German's promise would be fulfilled. The SS begin to evacuate and move thousands of prisoners out each day in order to blow up the camp. However, an underground resistance movement in the camp acts and gains control. Eventually American tanks arrive and the first thing they do is stuff themselves as free men. Ellie gets food poisoning and remains weeks in the hospital. All he sees is a corpse of himself, but he is free.