Wiesel and his family were living a good life in their hometown Sighet. However the Nazis came and placed them into ghettos for some time.
after spending some time being held captive in the ghetto they were then transported to an unknown location by train. On the train they had to constantly deal with a elderly woman who was telling them about something that will soon happen but they think she crazy so they constantly silence her.
Once they arrive at Auschwitz, Wiesel and his father were place to work and had to lie about their age to survive. Then they were placed in factories to work.