Throughout chapter 1 of the story, the Jewish citizens of Sighet are living happily and continue to ignore warning signs of the future that is to come. Moishe explains to Elie that; "But I wanted to come back to warn you. Only no one is listening to me" (Wiesel 7).
The Jewish people of Sighet are now placed in cattle buses, and put under German rule. A German officer steps onto Elie's bus and states that; "'From this moment on, you are under the authority of the German Army"'(Wiesel 23-24).
The Jews arrive at their first location and become aware of the terrors of the camps. They are exposed the horror they will soon experience. Elie proclaims; "Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live (Wiesel 34).
Eliezer begins to build personal relations with those within the camp. German guards do not allow the idea of prisoners helping each other. Eliezers Kapo stated that; "'An ordinary inmate does not have the right to mix into other people's affair. One of you does not seem to understand this point. I shall therefor try to make him understand clearly, once and for all."' (Wiesel 57). Eliezer is also now very aware of the horrendous conditions of the camp.
Eliezer becomes slightly more accustomed to the camps ways. He also struggles to keep together with his father, as they are separated within the camp. Rumors are spread that the camp with be evacuated due to Russian invasion; "The Red Army was racing toward Buna: it was only a matter of hours" (Wiesle 80).
Those contained within the camp are forced to go on a harsh run until instructed to stop. If orders were not followed you were to be killed. "They had orders to shoot anyone who could not sustain the pace" (Wiesel 85). Eliezer's ability to keep his father by his side continues to worsen.