Eli loves his religion. He goes to the synagogue every day to learn about his religion along side Mosh the beetle. Eli has a lot of faith in God in this part of the story.
Word had spread that the Nazis had entered Poland. Yet the people of Eli's community did not run away. These people did not believe what they were being told, they also thought they were to far away to be touched.
A few days later the Nazis entered the town where Eli lived. They were soon sent on a train to Auschwitz and birkenau. Many people died on the train/cattle cars since the Nazis gamed over 100 people in to just one cattle car.
When they reached the camp,Eli and his father were separated from his mother and sister for ever(they did not know this at the time). Eli and his father had to lie about there age to survive.
They stayed at the camp for around a year. They were then chased out of the camp since Russia was invading and they would free the prisoners. They were forced to run 42 miles in one night. Many people were killed that day.
In the end of the story his father was brutally beat and died. Eli and the others that survived were freed by the Americans after 6 months. Eli went on to write this story and win a noble peace prize.