"They disappeared, the doors were closed. We were caught in a trap, right up to our necks. The doors were nailed up, the way back was finally cut off"(Wiesel 20).
"From the debts of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The look in his eyes, as they stare into mine, has never left me"(Wiesel 99).
"I could hear only the violin, and it was as though Juliek's soul were the bow. He was playing his life. The whole of his life was gliding on the strings-his lost hopes, his charred past, his extinguished future"(Wiesel 85).
80 Jews were put into a rail car and all their possessions were taken from them. They had already traveled out of Hungary when they were stopped by a German soldier. He said that they were now under the authority of the German army. If anyone were to try and escape they would be shot and killed. They didn't have any more food and they were out of water.
The battle was over and Elie was free. The first thing he did was eat a ton of bread, not thinking of anything else. Three days after he became very ill with food poisoning and was transferred to a hospital for two weeks between life and death. One day he was able to get up, after gathering all of his strength and looked in the mirror. He had not seen himself since the ghetto.
Elie was piled up with a bunch of dead and almost dead Jews. He was trapped under them and was calling out to his father to see if he was alright. He was about to go to sleep when he heard a violin playing. It was Juliek, a small polish boy that Elie knew. He was playing a fragment of Beethoven's concerto.