The era of Nazi teror begins. Adolf Hitler rises to power and begins to control Europe. He introduces the hate toward Jews
Known as the Night of Broken Glass, German S.A paramilitary and civilians attacked Jewish synagogues, stores, and buildings. German authorities did not intervene. This started the intense attacks against Jews, and at least 91 were killed.
Moshie the Beadle was a foreign Jew, and so he was deported from Sighet. This is also the beginning of deportations and surprises the Jewish people of the German hatred.
Mass graves filled with Jews are carried out. Moshie the Beadle escapes and warns others, but nobody believes him. He tries to save the others, but his acts are in vain.
Germany begins to impose their Jewish rules onto Hungary and forces the Hungarian police to arrest and deport Hungarian Jews. Elie's family will soon begin to suffer under Hitler's rule
During the persecution, Jewish leaders are arrested, synagogues are closed down, and Jews are quarantined. The Nazis confiscate valuables and for Transylvanian Jews to wear the Yellow Star of David. They are banned from restaurants, cafes, and public transportation. This leads up to the deportation of all Jews.
Elie's family begins their horrific journey along the paths of concentration camps. Their belongings are left behind and their suffering will now begin.
Germany evacuates Auschwitz and moves some Jews toward Buchenwald to be "processed" and attempts to destroy any evidence of gas chambers for Allied troops to find. Elie suffers greatly in the cattle wagon on the train due to the cold.
The remaining prisoners at Auschwitz are saved by the Red Army. However, Elie has moved onto Buchenwald, and will not be liberated for another two and a half months.
The prisoners of Buchenwald, along with Elie, are saved by U.S. troops and tanks. One of the last concentration camps liberated, Elie had to suffer through extreme acts of horror during World War II and the Holocaust.