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  • Elie and his family lived in a small town called Sighet (in Transylvania). Elie was 13 years old and had 3 sisters, a mother, and father who all followed the Jewish religion. Elie was very passionate about his faith and wanted to learn the Kabbalah but his father thought that he was too young, so Elie refers to a man named Moishe the Beadle. Moishe was not very wealthy but was extremely spiritual and passed down his knowledge of Jewish mysticism to Elie.
  • Since the story is set during the 1940's, World War II was taking place at the time meaning that Jews were being heavily prosecuted. When all foreign Jews were expelled, Moishe was forced to see the horrors of the camps and manages to escape. No one believes Moishe's warnings because most thought he was mad. Soon Elie and his community are put into several ghettos but they quickly adjust. The conflict arises when the Germans arrive and force the Jews into the cattle cars to send them to Birkena, where they would enter the concentration camps of Auschwitz.
  • When the Jews arrive, Elie and his father are separated from the rest of their family. Selections take place where the Jews are chosen to be killed right away or forced to work. Elie and his father pass by lying about their ages and see people being burned alive on their way to the prisoners' barracks. They are all forced to work in cruel conditions, starved, and beaten in Buna while facing multiple selections and even watching hangings. Elie quickly begins to lose his strong connection with his faith and also has surgery on a foot injury. The camp is later evacuated and the Nazis march all of the prisoners to a new camp.
  • Many of the prisoners die during the journey to the Gleiwitz concentration camp due to the harsh weather and exhaustion. They marched 50 miles in the middle of a snowstorm and eventually forced into cattle cars again. This was another extremely harsh journey that began with 100 Jews but ended with 12. The remaining prisoners arrive at the Buchenwald camp where Elie and his father try to keep each other alive by mutual support. Unfortunately, Elie's father passed away due to dystentry and the pain of beatings.
  • Elie survives but is crushed by his father's death. He was not allowed to get him any help and looked after him until Elie was forced to go to sleep. He remembered his father's last word being his own name. He felt guilty when he woke up and realized that his father was most likely taken to the crematorium. No prayers were said for his father but Elie felt free deep in his conscience because he no longer had to see his father suffer. On April 11, 1945, Elie was liberated from the camp.
  • After being liberated by the American army, the prisoners were craving food because they had not eaten for almost six days. Elie no longer thinks of his family or being free but simply the food. Three days after being liberated, he became sick due to food poisoning and was placed in a hospital for a brutal 2 weeks. When he was able to get up, he looks at himself in the mirror. Elie no longer recognizes himself and the shell of a man he had become.
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