Elie Wiesel, his three sisters, Mother, and Father live in Sighet, Transylvania. Elie was interestedin studying Kabbalah. He learns that Moishe the Beadle is an expert in that and is willing to teach Elie.
Moishe the Beadle tells the story about how the Foreign Jews were deported and how he escaped because he was left for dead. He warns everybody about the soldiers coming to take the Jews to concentraiton camps. Unfortuantely, nobody believes anything he said.
The German soldiers enter the town of Sighet and form the ghettos. They learn that they will soon be deported to a concentration camp by a train.
They arrive at Birkenau and the men and women are seperated. Elie witness so many deaths and cruel behavior arond him. He starts to lose hope and faith.
Eliezer gets an operation done on his foot. Soon after, the camp at Buna gets evacuated and the prisoners begin the death march (a fifty mile run to Gleiwitz.) Many people died and by the time they reached Buchenwald only twelve were still alive.
Elie's father dies. He feels bad for not being able to cry but he also feels relief because he is now free to go if he wanted to. On April 11, 1945 at 6 p.m a few months after his father's death, the first american troops came to Buchenwald and liberated everyone there.