The foreign Jews were taken from Sighet, Transylvania to a labor camp. One of Elie's friends Moishe came back from the labor camp warning the Jews what lies ahead. He told Elie, "There everyone was ordered to get out. They were forced to dig huge trenches. When they had finished their work, the men from the Gestapo began theirs. Without passion or haste, they shot their prisoners, who were forced to approach the trench one by one and offer their necks." (Wiesel 6)
The people of Sighet were forced to board boxcars and leave their town. These boxcars were packed to the max. Each car had around 80-100 people, they had one window, a bucket, and no water. One of the passengers named Mrs. Schachter began to lose her mind. She exclaimed " 'Look! Look at this fire! This terrible fire! Have mercy on me!' ... There was nothing. Only the darkness of the night"(Wiesel 25)
The Jews had finally arrived a camp, and the men and women were then separated. The SS officers announced "Men to the left! Women to the right!"(Wiesel 29) That was the last time Elie and his father saw his mother and sisters.
The ghettos were established in Sighet. Elie said that the Hungarian government had created "two ghettos in Sighet"(WIesel 11)
The Jews had finally arrived at Birkenau. Elie told us that " It must have been around midnight. We had arrived. In Birkenau"(Wiesel 28). The Germans delivered the Jews at night so no one could see what they were doing to them.
The men got dehumanized and they left Auschwitz and went to another camp called Buna. They dehumanized them by giving them tattoos, Elie said he "became A-7713"(Wiesel 42)