It was any ordinary day in Sighet, Mr.Wiesel was telling a story to the townspeople when he was cut off by an officer. The officer pulled Mr.Wiesel aside and his face turned pale. Panic arose among the townspeople as Mr.Wiesel left with the officer.
Mr.Wiesel arrived home to be surrounded by people anxious to know what happened. Mr.Wiesel didn't come with any good news. He told the townspeople they were to be transported and to pack some of their belongings.
As for Elie, he was told to go wake his neighbors and inform them of the terrible news. He told them to grab their valuables and get ready for the treacherous time they had ahead of them.