The prisoners are crammed together in the train car for the night. The train stops and the SS officers order the prisoners to toss any dead bodies out of the train. The prisoners are happy to get rid of the dead to make more room in the train car.
The Jews must leave all of their cherished possessions—and optimistic illusions—in the cattle car as they move forward to be admitted to the concentration camp. Men are sent to the left, women to the right. Although he does not know it at the moment, this is the last time Eliezer will ever see his mother and youngest sister Tzipora.