Elie lets the reader know important key things like where he is from and what his life is like. He also informs us that he and his family are very religious and that the house of the prayer(church) is like his second home.
Elie's teacher of Jewish Mysticism, Moishe the Beadle, is deported because he is a foreigner and the war begins although Elie doesn't know what grave danger is headed his way after he returns, if he does.
Elie and his family get taken away from their home and arrive in Auschwitz where they are separated and shoved into jam packed cabins full of people almost stacked like sardines because of how tight they are in space.
The Winter comes and people start to die on the side of the trail while others choose to lie on the side and be left to die because they are too ill from the weather and lack of supplies. Elie even gets a swollen foot and has to have an operation to get it fixed before he has to get it amputated. During this cold season a lot of lives end up being lost.
More and more people including Eliezer's father get ill but the doctor refuses to treat any of them because they need to have a more physical injury/illness so they should leave and save space for the ones who truly need a doctor and the doctor also explains that since they are so ill they should just get ready to die because it's obvious that they don't have much time to survive.
Eliezer wakes up to find out that his father was taken away at night to the crematorium so he is now dead and his last words was Elie's name but not only that but Elie also realizes how drained he really is because he did not even weep for his father. (the bottom bunk is empty because Eliezer's father is not there to fill it)