After the soldiers made Elie, his father, and the prisoners march in the snow they finally get to Gleiwitz. The Kapos opened the barracks so that all the prisoners could get in and rest. Everyone quickly got in not being able to stand the cold anymore and wanting to rest from all the marching.
As they were entering the barrcaks there was a lot of movement that dropped Elie and his father to the floor. Elie is suffocating and trying to get a breath of fresh air, but many people are stepping on him. Many poeple die from suffocation and all the trampling.
Elie finally gets free of the other people on top of him and gets to breathe and decides to call his dad to know if he is nearby.