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Timeline of Events

  • 1941

    Eliezer begins studying kabbalah with Moshe the Beadle.

    Section 1
  • 1941

    Moshe the Beadle and all the foreign Jews are deported.

    Section 1
  • 1942

    Moshe the Beadle escapes, returns to town to tell about Nazi horrors. No one believes him.

    Section 1
  • Spring 1944

    Nazis arrive in Hungary and then Sighet. They impose law, put people in ghettos.

    Section 1
  • June 1944

    The Jews of Sighet are transported via cattle car to the concentration camp Auschwitz.

    Section 1
  • June 1944

    Upon arrival in Auschwitz, Eliezer's mother and sisters go left, and he and his father go right.

    Section 2
  • Same night

    Eliezer sees unthinkable horrors he will remember for the rest of his life.

    Section 2
  • Three weeks later

    Eliezer, his father, and others are transported to Buna. They are poorly fed and overworked.

    Section 2
  • Autumn 1944

    Young Pipel is hung for not divulging secrets. Eliezer loses faith that there is a just God.

    Section 4
  • January 1945

    Eliezer and the others forced on Death March, eventually put on train to Buchenwald.

    Section 6
  • January 28, 1945

    Eliezer's father dies from dysentery.

    Section 8
  • April 11, 1945

    Buchenwald is liberated, and Eliezer and the other prisoners are freed.

    Section 9

Section Summaries Chart

Section Summary
Foreword In the foreword to the text, poet, writer, essayist, and playwright François Mauriac (1885–1970) recalls his first meeti... Read More
Section 1 In 1941 Eliezer is nearly 12 years old. He lives in a small town, Sighet, which is located in Transylvania, Romania. Eli... Read More
Section 2 Eliezer and his family are packed in a cattle car with other Jews from Sighet. Conditions are deplorable, and the inhibi... Read More
Section 3 As Eliezer and the others exit the cattle car, they receive instructions: "Men to the left! Women to the right." This is... Read More
Section 4 Upon arrival, the men are showered, given new clothes, and sent to one of two tents while waiting for their work assignm... Read More
Section 5 The Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah (New Year) has come and the men gather for prayer. Eliezer is angry at God and feels... Read More
Section 6 The prisoners run for miles through the snow dressed in layers of clothing. Those who fall behind are shot like "[a] fil... Read More
Section 7 Eliezer's father lies next to him in the cattle car, somewhere between life and death. When the train stops, the SS inst... Read More
Section 8 The men arrive in Buchenwald utterly exhausted. Before being allowed to sleep they must take showers, but they are so we... Read More
Section 9 Eliezer spends the next few months in the children's block. He no longer thinks of anyone, including his parents. All he... Read More
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