Elie and the rest of the Wiesel family lived in a tiny town inside of Sighet, Transylvania. As a young child he loved to talk about religions and was eager to learn more about Kabbalah. One day Elie meets a poor Jew, named Moishe the Beadle, that enjoys talking about religion. Elie loves talking to him, but one day as they were talking, and Moishe informs Elie and the rest of the town to leave because death is coming there way, but the town of Sighet do not believe this will actually happen, so they do not listen to him.
The people of Sighet never thought this day would have came. The Hungarian Police came to the town of Sighet and told the people that they were going on a “vacation”, but they had no idea where only that they could bring one suitcase. Elie’s father was a Jewish Council in the ghetto, so the Wiesel family got to spend an extra night in the ghetto. The next day the Wiesel family had to leave the town and was stuffed in a cattle car full of 80 people.
Once Elie got out of the cattle car, the men and boys were split up from the women and girls, so this meant that Elie and his father had to be separated from his mother and sister. This was the last time Elie would see his mother and sister ever again. Nevertheless, Elie and his father had to lie about their ages, so they could be together and live to see another day. Being in the camp both, Elie and his father, were beaten for no reason. Elie began to lose faith in the Lord, because he wonders why the Lord would do this to him.
After being beaten, Elie had to stand around and watch fellow Jews being hung, and he began to wonder if he would be hung during this time. As the chapter keeps going, Elie’s faith keeps decreasing. Elie’s father began to get very ill and suffered from dysentery, which is an infection in your intestines. Elie became very scared, because he was not sure if his father would get assigned to the new work assignment, his father did indeed get selected for the new work assignment. As winter arrived, Elie suffered from a foot injury that put him in the hospital. Elie felt that he would have been killed if he did not evacuate the hospital, so he evacuated.
As the chapter goes on, Elie’s dad becomes more and more ill. The Germans are still beating him, but Elie began to care for his father and gave him water, but he could not do enough. One night Elie went to sleep in the bunk above his dad and in the morning he got up to care for his dad, but his dad was not there. This meant that the Germans had taken his father to the crematory. Once he found out his father died, Elie was surprisingly relieved, because now he would only have to worry about himself.
Several months later, as the American armies approach Buchenwald, the Nazi’s decide to kill all the Jews in the camp. After killing thousands daily, the Germans decide to evacuate themselves and approximately 20,000 prisoners. As they evacuated, the air raid sirens sounded off, sending everyone back inside. Later, all the Germans were destroyed, and the prisoners were freed. In his excitement for being free, Elie chooses to find and eat some food. However, he is stricken with food poison and again hospitalized. While in the hospital, Elie looks at himself in a mirror, and he realizes that he looks like “death”. He is shocked at how awful and worn he looked.