In the beginning of the book, Night, Nazi soldiers are coming into the town of Sighet, Transylvania. The setting is during the beginning of World War 2. The main characters are Elie and Shlomo Wiesel and the rest of their family. The town of Sighet is confused as to why the soldiers are there, but they don't cause any harm so the townspeople don't think much of it.
The Nazis are probably here for the war.
This is weird. Why are these soldiers here?
They aren't being mean.
More and more soldiers begin to invade Elie's town. The soldiers split the town into two main ghettos and deport the Jews in groups from Sighet to be taken to a camp. Elie and his family are the last group to be deported. On their way to the camp, Elie's family had to ride in a very crowded and suffocating cattle car for days.
Why are the mean soldiers making us leave?
After getting to Auschwitz, the men and women were separated. That was the last time Elie saw his Mother and sisters. Elie and Shlomo survived the selection and were placed together in the same block. Everyday is a challenge, but soon they become accustomed to the terrible life in a concentration camp.
We have to stay together
After many months in Auschwitz, the Red Army is closing in on the German territory. There are rumors going around that the Russians will soon come to the camp and liberate the Jews. The inmates in Auschwitz have the choice to stay at the camp or evacuate with the soldiers. Elie and his father choose to evacuate the camp along with many others. They make their way to a new camp and are forced to run more than twelve miles straight and if they fall out of step, they are killed.
I can't run anymore, Son.
We have to keep running, Dad
After three days in the new camp called Gleiwitz, everyone was instructed to form into ranks and board onto the cattle cars to make their journey to a new camp called Buchenwald. Being exposed to the freezing temperatures, many inmates became sick and died. Elie's father became very ill and Elie gave up his rations to help his father recover. Eventually, his father became too ill and one morning the soldiers came and took him to the crematorium.
I'm sick. I can't make it much longer.
We made it too far to give up now, Dad.
After Elie's father died he remained in Buchenwald with little hope left. On April 10th, there was a big battle near the camp; then on April 11, the Front made it to Buchenwald and liberated the inmates. Three days after Elie became liberated, he grew very ill with food poisoning. Elie was admitted to the hospital and that was where he saw his reflection for the first time in over a year. He described himself as being a corpse because he was so malnourished and that image haunted him for the rest of his life.