Elie and his family were forced to watch everyone get taken away to camps, "And there I was, on the sidewalk, watching them file past, unable to move"(Wiesel 17). They couldn't do anything about it, and they were leaving the next day.
They were all forced onto a train with people crammed inside of each train cart. The German officer says "'There are eighty of you in the car'", and that "'If anyone goes missing, you will all be shot, like dogs'"(Wiesel 24). This is the beginning of their long and horrible path.
Elie and his father are split from his mom and sister, and they are sent to Auschwitz. They are close to the crematorium, and Elie is thinking "Deep down, I was saying good-bye to my father, to the whole universe"(Wiesel 34). Him and his father come close, but they don't get burned, so they are sent to labor camps.
Elie's crown is trying to be taken, but he finds a way to get out of it. He tells the dentist that he isn't feeling well, and eventually the dentist "had been thrown into prison and was about to be hanged"(Wiesel 52) because of him selling the gold crowns for himself. Eventually, he loses his crown because of Franek making a deal for bread.
The prisoner had to take a test based on their physical appearance and ability to work. The worst would be written down and possibly killed. Elie was safe, but his father's name was written without notice, "They had recorded his number without his noticing"(Wiesel 74). His father eventually made it back okay, and his son was very grateful.
In the midst of everything going on in the world, Juliek played a beautiful song with the violin. Juliek "was playing his life"(Wiesel 95), and I found this beautiful because during the chaos and death surrounding everyone, he found his soul and courage to play his violin one last time before he died.