In a small town located in Sighet, Hungarian Transylvania, we are introduced to the main character Eliezer accompanied by his sister, mother, and father. Eliezer has a great desire to further his knowledge in Judaism and to be more specific, in Kabbalah. Elie then seeks out Moishe the Beadle to teach him and help him understand his religion.
During WWII, the Jews confidence in the war dying by the time it reached Hungary started to die down. Many Jews were kidnapped along with a man named Moishe the Beadle. Moishe managed to escape and return to Sighet to warn the others about the horrors they're about to face but they seize to believe him.
After being forced into a Ghetto, the jews again are shoved in a cattle car in which they will be in for three long days. Within the cattle car Mrs. Schachter repeatedly shouted how she sees a fire and it starts to frighten the other jews on board. As those days go by the Jews reach their first and for some, their last destination.
Once Elie and his family arrived at Birkenau, they were separated by gender. Elie and his father were faced upon a selection that was a matter of life or death. Although they survived, they were transposted to various places from Birkenau to Auschwitz and then finally, to Buna where they would work in a factory..
After many long months in Buna, Elie is required to undergo a surgery on his foot. During this time, the camp is evacuated and the Jews are forced upon a fifty-mile run to get to Buchenwald. Many die on this death march and as it ends there are only 12 survivors remaining.
January 29th, a day that took two things away from Elie, his father, and his belief in God. Although Elie's father had passed away, he somehow felt relief, later realizing how ashamed he was of the person he had become. Instead of mourning his father, he chose to worry about the portions of food he had left. Elie was finally liberated January 11, becoming someone he couldn't even recognize himself