Elie and his father arrive at Birkenau, from there they go to Auschwitz and eventually travel to Buna to work in an electrical factory. Elie recants the atrocities of death, despair, and the loss of hope he experienced under the Nazi occupation.
After months in the camp, the camp is evacuated and the prisoners begin a death march, a fifty mile to Gleiwitz. Only a few are still alive when they arrive at Buchenwald. Elie and his father help each other to survive.
In Buchenwald, Elie's father dies leaving Elie feeling a a mixture of guilty emotions such as despair and relief. Elie manages to survive WW2. He was liberated on April 11th, 1945.