This is Eliezer and his family. "There were four of us children. Hilda, the eldest; then Bea; I was the third and only son; Tzipora was the youngest" (Wiesel, 4). They lived in a small town called Sighet. Eliezer wants to learn the ways of Mysticism and he gets Moishe The Beadle to teach him.
Eliezer and his family do not think that the German army is going to do anything to them, but they are wrong. Many thought that the Germans were "charming [men], calm, likable, and polite" (Wiesel,10). All of the Jews soon realized that the Germans were bad people and came to take them away in a cattle car.
During this time, Eliezer and his family are in the cattle car and eventually end up in another ghetto. "The ghetto was not guarded" (Wiesel,20), but they did not stay there for long. They later left the ghetto to go to a new destination.
The family arrives at Birkenau, where the men and women are separated. Specifically, "Men to the left! Women to the right" (Wiesel,29)! Elie is separated from his mother and stays with his father. After Birkenau, comes Auschwitz, then Buna.
Elie has been in the camps for a while and he has dealt with the life of a Holocaust inmate. He has been operated on because of his foot but decides to leave the camp anyways with his father to go to another camp.
Elie's father soon dies due to disease. Elie feels many mixed emotion which lead him to living the rest of his life in the camps very emotionless. When he is liberated, he sees himself for the first time after the Holocaust. He describes himself as " a corpse" and that "the look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me" (Wiesel,115).