This is the home of Eliezer Wiesel. Here he meets Moché the Beadle, whom works in the nearby Hasidic synagogue.
Despite his father’s urgings, Eliezer chooses to study cabbala from Moché. Soon after, Moché is deported, out of the country.
Having escaped from a concentration camp in Poland, Moché returns, warning the townspeople of the camps.
Unfortunately his warnings fell on deaf ears, and the townspeople regard him as crazy.
Soon after, all the Jews in Eliezer’s community are forced to move into ghettos by the Germans.
Eliezer and his neighborhood are then forced to leave their little town of Sighet behind.
Eliezer and his fellows arrive at Birkenau, the staging area for the concentration camp of Auschwitz
The men, women, young, old, healthy, and sick are separated; either to go left or right.
After separation from his mother, a fellow prisoner tells Eliezer and his father to say that he is eighteen, and that his father is forty.
They are then forced to watch a truckload of children burn to death in a fiery ditch, as they are herded to their barracks.
This is a night that will never be forgotten...
The prisoners are then forced to march to Auschwitz, which has the motto of “Work is liberty”;
little did they know that in this case, liberty is death. Luckily, conditions are better here than in Birkenau
The next day, Eliezer is labeled A-7713, with a brand on his forearm. After three weeks,
Eliezer’s section of the camp is left with only unskilled laborers, and is forced to move.
They begin a long and hard march out of Auschwitz.
Eliezer and his father arrive in Buna, and are told (by current prisoners) that this camp is not so bad.
They are put into the orchestra block, and avoid premature death. Several weeks after arriving, the air raid sirens are activated.
The camp is being bombed! The prisoners become very cheerful, and hopeful. After the New Year, Eliezer is transferred to the building block,
where he is forced to move large blocks of stone. Upon arrival, he learns that a selection is to take place, for prisoners to be cremated.
His father is selected, but convinces the SS guards that he is still able to work. As the Allies approach Buna, the camp is evacuated,
and forced to another long and hard march.
After a long run through the snow, Eliezer and a few other lucky prisoners arrive at the camp of Gleiwitz,
and are promptly crowded into the barracks. All through the night, the mass of people whom are crowded in the barracks are dying,
suffering from the cold and illnesses. They are forced to stay at Gleiwitz for three days without food or water,
and have to resort to eating snow to keep alive. At then end of those horrible three days, they are forced into a train,
one hundred per car, to be transferred to the center of Germany.
Of the hundred prisoners of his car, Eliezer, his father, and only ten others survive the trip to Buchenwald.
Eliezer’s father tried to give up, but Eliezer tries to convince his father otherwise. Horribly, the sirens go off,
and Eliezer is forced to leave his father outside in the snow. The next day, Eliezer is able to find his father,
and give him a cup of coffee, which somewhat revitalizes him. During the night, his father is sent off to the crematory.
The next morning, Eliezer awakes to find his father gone, but has no more tears to shed…
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