All of the Jews are forced to leave their possessions as they leave the cattle car and are taken to the first concentration camp. There the women and men are split into two different lines. This is the last time Elizer sees his Mother and sister. Eliezer sees small children being burned alive and contemplates whether or not he should through himself into the fire.
Eliezer and his Father are shaved and striped of their clothes. They are forced to run around until they are told to go into another barracks. There they go through a bath of disinfectant and given grey, striped clothes. They lose their identity. Later while sitting in the barracks, his father asks if he can go to the bathroom but he is beaten instead.
They march for half an hour to another concentration camp called Auschwitz. The gate to it says "work makes you free". The Polish prisoner that is in charge, is nice to them and encourages them to help each other.
The next day, they feel better because they are well rested. They are even given soup. Afterward, they are sent to the tattooist to get their official number given to them. Eliezer's number is A-7713.
After, they look for relatives from the new arrivals. Stein, Eliezer's cousin, finds them and asks if they have heard news of his wife and children. Eliezer and his Father lie and say they are doing well. Stein visits them multiple times and gives Eliezer extra food to stay healthy. A new arrival comes to Auschwitz and he goes to see if anyone knows information on his family. After he finds out the truth of what happened to his family he doesn't return to see Eliezer or his Father again.
They are given work orders and sent to the concentration camp called Buna. They march four hours to this camp through many German villages. They reach the camp and are forced to work here.