The beginning of the many changes in Elie's began with the ghettos established in Sighet. The people were blindsided and believed it wouldn't be any worse than barbed wire and they hung onto the idea that "afterward everything would be as before. The ghetto was ruled by neither German nor Jew; it was ruled by delusion"(Wiesel 12).
The doubtfulness of the people on the cattle cars grew as the madwoman screamed,"Fire! I see a fire!"(25). The doubtfulness left as soon as they saw ashes in the sky marking the beginning of the terrors that would be a test of faith.
Silence, child deaths, fire, smoke, ashes, and the loss of Elie's religion made him,"Never... forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never"(34). These horrors acted as a prologue and conditioning to the pain Elie and his father would soon be put through.
Elie experiences a further loss of faith when the pipel was hung and,"remained for more than half and hour lingering between life and death"(65). The other prisoners behind Elie confirmed that this symbolized their dying faith and the little power they had over their fate.
After surviving selection and a foot operation, Elie fled with his father on a march because the front was getting closer to the camp. Although,"After the war, I learned the fate of those who had remained at the infirmary. They were, quite simply, liberated by the Russians, two days after evacuation"(82). Elie has no emotion when reciting these facts because if he knew at the time, everything would have changed. Internal conflict is ongoing within Elie.