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  • Nya Tillery
  • Chapter One
  • Chapter Two
  • Chapter Three
  • This scene in chapter one showed how relaxed the Jews were as the Germans walked the streets and lived in their home. The Germans put up a facade that fooled the Jews and allowed them to become comfortable, nearly safe. Elie wrote in his memoir, "The Germans were already in our town, the fascists were already in power, the verdict was already out - and the Jews of Sighet were still smiling (Wiesel 10).  This quote shows how naive the Jews were about their situation.
  • Chapter Four
  • During chapter two, the Jews are on their way to the concentration camp. Mrs. Schachter constantly claims that she sees fire, but when people look outside the cars, they don't see anything except an empty sky. As they near their destination, Mrs. Schachter claims to see the flames, and this time everyone else does see it. As Elie recalls arriving at the camp, he says, "In front of us, those flames. In air, the smell of burning flesh. It must have been around midnight. We had arrived. In Birkenau" (Wiesel 28).
  • Chapter Five
  • As the new prisoners are being sorted and many being sent to their death, old prisoners are helping the new prisoners adjust as best as possible. Elie's father asks one of the inmates about where the toilets are, and the man slaps his father on the face. Elie watches the scene and writes, "What had happened to me? My father had just been struck, in front of me, and I had not even blinked" (Wiesel 39). This is the beginning of Elie not acting, and ignoring the mistreatment that comes from being in the camp.
  • After Elie is beaten by Idek, he is comforted by a girl that had never spoken to him before, prior to getting hit. She is kind and helps wipe the blood off his forehead. She tells him, Bite your lips, little brother. . .Don't cry. Keep your anger, your hate, for another day, for later (Wiesel 53). This scenes is sweet and endearing, especially since the two encounter one another years later in France. 
  • A very ironic and pivotal scene in chapter five. Elie and his father must make the decision to remain in the infirmary, or be evacuated with the other prisoners as the Red Army drew near. Elie decides that he and his father should leave with the rest of the prisoners rather than remain in the infirmary. Ironcially, Elie states, "After the war, I learned the fate of those who had remained in the infirmary. They were, quite simply, liberated by the Russians, two days after the evacuation" (Wiesel 82).
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