Chapter one begins with Moishe The Beadle warning the jews that the Germans were coming to deport them. Jews shrug it off and don't believe him. A few years pass without the Germans coming, so the Jews believe that nothing was going to happen to them. Moishe The Bettle gets abducted, and when he returns he tells the Jews the Germans are planning to kill them.
The Germans came to take the Jews to the concentration center. They thought they were going to start a better life. They were put 40 in a cattle car.
The Jews had to leave all there valuables in the cattle car. Men, where sent, left and women were sent right. Elie did not know this was going to be his last times seeing his family. Some Jews had already been beaten and shot. They had to lie about there age because it was between life or death.
They had doctors come in and check to see if people have a gold crown. Elie has one. Elie told him he was sick so he didn't have to pull his crown. When a man saw his gold crown he wanted it but, Elie didn't give it to him. This man knew his weakness was his father, so he beat him. Elie finally gave in and gave it to him. Buna had got bombed. The S.S officers hung a young boy for stealing something during the air raid. They had to watch him get hung and nobody could do anything about it,
Elie wonders where God is during all of this. He believes that a man is stronger than God. Elie didn't fast because he wanted to please his father and to keep their weight up. He also did it to mock God. They had a selection and Elie and his father pasted it. When winter came Elie's foot began to swell and he had to have surgery. Russians are not far away and they have to leave. Elie leaves the ER and left when the other left.