In the town of Sighet, Eliezer and his family lived their ordinary lives. In his family it included his father, mother, and three sisters. Eliezer wanted to learn more about religion through mysticism and a friend called Moishe the Beadle. Moishe the Beadle agreed to teach Eliezer all about the faith of mysticism since his father said Elie was to young.
The people Sighet are in distress from World War II. They begin to wonder if the Nazis will be able to make it to their town. Moishe the Beadle was deported as a Jew but escaped witnessing murders. Moishe the Beadle tried to warn the people of Sighet about how the Nazis are coming to deport the Jews but no one listened.
The Nazis reach the town of Sighet and are making the Jews leave their hometowns including their belongings. The people learn that they are on the way to concentration camps after many days confused to where they are going. Eliezer and the other Jews are put into cattle cars. There is a woman in the cattle car who screams about seeing fire saying “ "Fire! I see a fire! I see a fire!" There was a moment of panic. Who had screamed? It was Mrs. Schächter” (Wiesel, 24).
All of the families from Sighet make it to the first camp called Birkenau where they are separated into females and males. They are then separated into who can work and who cannot. Eliezer and his father stay together and travel to the next concentration camp called Buna in Auschwitz. Eliezer and his father are now working against their will and being starved with little to no food. They witnessed awful tragedies including murders, deaths, and hangings.
After months of experiencing starvation, death and the loss of faith, Eliezer and his father remain alive. The weather is now getting cold and unbearable to work in for Eliezer and he realizes that he has injured his foot. He gets surgery on his foot and finds out that the infirmary will have a selection. Eliezer and his father agree to leave the infirmary to be evacuated with the others. All the prisoners are forced to run to the next camp of Gleiwitz and whoever stops or slows down will get killed.
Eliezer's father becomes very ill physically and mentally and later dies without Eliezer saying his last words to him. Eliezer is left with feelings from what it says here “I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I was out of tears. And deep inside me, if I could have searched the recesses of my feeble conscience, I might have found something like: Free at last! …” (Wieser, 112). Eliezer felt nothing after his father's death, not until he was liberated by American soldiers.