Eliezer listens to Moishe the Beadle tell of the horrors he witnessed and experienced at the hands of the Germans. Moshie witnessed the foreign Jews being forced to dig trenches and shot. He witnessed babies being tossed in the air and shot with machine guns. Moshie managed to get away and told people what happened to the other Jewish people but no one in Sighet believed him
Eliezer is packed into a cattle car and sent to Birkenau (next to Auschwitz). Elie along with 79 other people were crammed into a cattle car. An old lady had a premonition of fire and the other Jewish people beat her and gagged her. When they saw the camps there was a smell of burning flesh and smoke.
Waiting through the first long night at Birkenau, seeing death all around them, Eliezer loses his faith in God’s righteousness. Elie saw people get burned alive in the pit. He saw a truck dump infants into the inferno. Whether the infants were alive or not was debatable. He was two steps away from the pit before they were told to go somewhere else.
When his father is dying – from the combination of dysentery and a blow to the head given by an SS officer – he is calling Eliezer’s name. When Eliezer awakens in the morning, his father’s body is gone. Eliezer feels guilty – but he also feels relieved that his father is dead, and free, at last. Elies` father was dying and Elie tried to help his dad survive by giving his father his portions of bread and soup. People were beating Shlomo for not being able to leave the room to relieve himself.
When he is at last released from the hospital, Eliezer looks in the mirror and sees a corpse. He says he has never forgotten the look in his eyes that day. After the Jews were liberated from the Third Reich, Elie ate A LOT of food then he got sick and almost died. When he left the hospital he realized he hasn’t seen himself since the ghetto so he looks into a mirror and he sees that his body has deteriorated over time in the concentration camp.