In Chapter 1, Elie writes of the beginning of the Holocaust, where in Sighet, the Jews were put into the ghettos. Elie writes, "Two ghettos were created in Sighet. A large one in the center of town... and another smaller one extended over several alleyways on the outskirts of town." (Wiesel 10), remembering where the ghettos were and their significance. The Jews were forced to wear the Star of David.
Uh oh. Watch out for Idek.
In Chapter 2, Elie and his family are in a train with other jews leaving from the ghettos. They are inside the train cars and it was so packed, Elie writes, "Lying down was not an option, nor could we all sit down. We decided to take turns sitting." (Wiesel 23). All the Jews were so hungry and thirsty, an old woman begins to hallucinate the entire time on the train, yelling "Fire, Fire!"
In Chapter 3, Elie and the Jews went a table of SS agents where they were sorted by age and gender. Elie and his father lie about their ages to be grouped together and not be killed. Elie writes, "An SS came toward us wielding a club. He commanded: 'Men to the left! Women to the right!' (Wiesel 29), showing them separating the Jews into categories.
In Chapter 4, Elie and his father are transported to a new camp called Buna, and at this camp, they get a new Kapo called 'Idek' and learn that he is crazy. They learn to stay out of his way. Elie describes Idek as "the Kapo, occasionally has fits of madness, and then you better stay out of his way." (Wiesel 50), describing Idek as scary and crazy.
In Chapter 5, Elie is moved to the construction kommando, the worst one, and he is spearated. All he is worried about is not seeing his father. Elie also gets a foot injury and needs to see a doctor. Elie writes, "Around the middle of January, my right foot began to swell from the cold. I could not stand it. I went to the infirmary." (Wiesel 78), showing it was so bad, he'd rather go see a 'doctor' who might amputate his foot than deal with the pain.
MY FOOT! OW OW OW!
In Chapter 6, the Jews are told to pack up and leave Buna. They leave Buna as a group on a march. If a Jew were to slow down, then they were supposed to be killed by the SS officers. Elie was so exhausted he wrote, "I sometimes closed my eyes and it was like running while asleep. Now and then, someone kicked me violently from behind and I would wake up." (Wiesel 87), and this shows he was almost ready to die.