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The Jews were packed into cattle cars experienced terrible conditions such as little air and no space to sit down.  Everyone in the cattle car was thirsty and suffered from the heat.After traveling for a day, the cart stopped in the small town of Kaschau, on the  Czechoslovakian border, where a German officer forced the passengers to give over valuables such as gold, silver, or watches or risked being shot on the spot.The German officer told those who are ill to go to the hospital cart and threatened to shoot all eighty Jews if any escaped.  As a result, the German officer nailed the door shut.Madame Schachter a woman in her fifties, has hysterias over the sight of fires, which is a warning for the harsh treatment that is in store for the Jews.On the first night of the journey, she moaned about being separated from her family.On the third night, Madame Schachter screamed about seeing fire outside of the cart.  The Jews began to panic but then realized that there is no visible fire.   They call the woman crazy, just like called Moshe the Beadle, and believed that she is hallucinating due to dehydration and lack of water.To prevent Madame Schacter from screaming, the passengers tie her up with bonds and gag her.Madame Schachter later breaks out of her confinement and screamed about visible fire and furnaces burning.  To keep her quiet, passengers on the cattle cart hit in her on the head, with the encouragement of others.  The next night, the woman in her fifties again screamed about seeing fires and the furnace that awaits them. The passengers find out that they are at Auschwitz station when the train stopsThe Jews are told that Auschwitz is a labor camp, but they will all be all treated well by locals.The passengers are relieved after hearing the news and have faith that they are only being relocated.During the night, Madame Schacter screamed again about fires but is quickly beaten into silence by the other Jews.The train travels at a slow pace into an area with barbed fire, where they smell burning flesh and chimneys of furnaces.The area where the Jews have arrived is called Birkenau, which is the processing center for those who live and carry out heavy labor, and those who will die at Auschwitz.At Birkenau, an SS man commanded men to the left and woman to the right.Elie and his father remained together and moved to the left, while Mother and Tzipora move to the right, and were never to be seen again.A veteran inmate advised both Father and Elie to lie about their ages.Eliezer is told to be eighteen years old, and Father is told to be forty years old.Another inmate approaches them boldly and asks them angrily why they let the Nazis bring them to Auschwitz without any resistance.The prisoner explained to them that the true reason why the Jews have been brought to Auschwitz were to die.After hearing the news, younger Jews wanted to rebel by killing the armed guards with their knives.  However, the older men begged the younger Jews not to be foolish by rebelling but instead, rely on their faith to help them get through the tough time.Dr. Mengele had a processing to see if the Jews were going to be sent to hard labor or die immediately.Taking the advice of the inmate, Elie lied that he is eighteen years old, and said that he is a farmer instead of a student, which allows him to be saved and reunite with his Father.Elie is uncertain what path lies to the crematorium, but he soon figures that out when he sees babies being burned in pits of fire, and pits for adults.  The prisoners in the line recite Kaddish, the Jewish prayer of death, including Father, but not Elie.Two steps from the pit they are ordered to go the barracks.  The Jews are stripped of their clothes, have their heads shaved, disinfected, showered, and are given prisoner clothing.An SS officer tells the prisoners that they are in a concentration camp called Auschwitz and that they could either work labor or go straight to the crematorium,When Elie’s father asks the Kapo where the bathroom was, the Kapo slapped him across the face, causing Elie to be horrified.During the night, Gypsies attacked the Jews and told them to form rank, while they hit them with clubs.  Afterwards, the Jews had a short march from Birkenau to Auschwitz with an escort of SS men holding machine guns and police dogs.The Jews traveled to one block where they showered, but shortly afterward were chased by guards to run faster to their next block.  The next morning in the new block, veteran inmates treated the Jews well,  they were allowed to wash, were given new clothing, and were given black coffee.The prisoners were tattooed numbers on their left arms, and the tattoo on Elie’s left arm read A-7713.Elie and his Father meet a relative from Antwerp called Stein, who asks if they have news on his wife Rizal and his two small boys.  Elie lies and tells that Rizla and his two small boys were well and healthy.The prisoners stayed at Auschwitz for three weeks, and when a transport from Antwerp arrives, Stein finds out the real news, and never comes back to visit Elie and his Father.The prisoners show their faith in God, sing Hasidic melodies, and hope that they get redeemed by God when they are in the barracks, led by Akiba Drumer.Finally, the prisoners traveled four hours from Auschwitz to a new camp called Buna. Motifs:One motif in the book is fire.  In the story, Madame Schacter screams of seeing of visions of fire, which give a premonition of the atrocities that will be committed against the Jews in the future.  The Nazis create ditches were they burn babies and adults.  Finally, the Nazis burn those who they seem unfit to work in the crematorium.  Fire is the symbol of the Nazis power and the horrors and cruelty of their actions.  Another motif in the book is religious tradition.  The Nazis tattooed the arms of the Jews and shave their heads at the concentration camp to get rid of the Jew’s connection to their religion.Third, a motif is the night.  In the book, night regards to God not being present to help out the Jews in the concentration camp and giving them a sense of hope and freedom.  The night is the time of day, when Jews face suffering such as being chased naked after showering, or when the Jews had to wake up in the middle of the night and march and run, while they are chased by guards who threaten to hit them with sticks and clubs.  The final motif is the importance of religious observance.  In the book, the Jews are not sure if they should remain faithful to God, or do what they believe is right.  One instance is when the younger Jews wanted to kill the guards with their knives, but the older Jews told them to trust in God, and believe that he will provide hope and freedom from the concentration camps.  They also pray, sing Hasidic melodies, and hope for redemption from God during their time at the concentration camp, led by Akiba Drumer.

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