The third barracks was the storeroom. At the third barracks, Elie and his fellows Jews received prison clothing. In particular, they were thrown pants, jackets, and shirts.
Birkenau was one of the German concentration camps located in Auschwitz. It was an opening gate to the whole complex of Auschwitz. At Birkenau, Germans decided the fate of newly arrived people.
The SS officer who entered Elie’s barracks told them that they must work. If they do not work, they will go straight to the chimney. He gave the prisoners choice between work or death.
Elie is grateful for the mud because a Kapo did not notice his new pair of shoes. When a Kapo came to the barracks, he did not notice the shoes because the thick cover of mud covered them.
The men were marched to the main camp called Auschwitz. They were marching for half an hour before reaching the barbered wire around another camp, Auschwitz.
There was no floor. The barracks had only a roof and four walls. There was the mud on the ground.
Elie was ashamed of his own behavior because he showed no reaction to his father being slapped. Elie did not blink. He just sat there and watched everything in silence.
Elie concluded that Auschwitz might be better than Birkenau based on his first impression. Ellie concluded it because there were cement buildings rather than barracks and a few little gardens.
Elie told the SS officer that he was 18. He also told the SS officer that he was a farmer. In reality, however, Elie was a student aged 15.
The relative Stein brought some food with him because he wanted Elie and his father to eat as much as they could so that they could avoid selection. Stein explained that those who do not eat become weak and do not last long.
The author used the following metaphor to describe the cattle car of the Jews, “The world had become a hermetically sealed cattle car” (Wiesel, 1958, p. 24)
The train finally stopped at a station Auschwitz. Jews gave some locals a golden watch to learn that it was the final stop. People did not here about that station before.
They received orders to remove all their clothes, threw their clothes on the floor, and hold on only the belt and shoes. After that, they received an order to go to the barber.
Elie and his fellow Jews were expelled from the barrack. They were beaten and ordered to run to a new barrack.
The German soldier who entered the cattle car of the Jews gave them a simple order containing just eight words, “Men to the right. Women to the left.”
Elie and his fellow Jews realized that they were leaving their homeland, Hungary, when their train crossed the border of Czechoslovakia. They understood that this was not a relocation.
Elie was engraved with number “A-7713” at Auschwitz on his left arm.
The hopeful report was that the train came to the final destination and that a labor camp was on the site. According to the report, the conditions were good and the families would not be separated. Besides, only the young would work in factories, other would work on farms.
The camp’s motto was that works makes you free, or “Arbeit macht Frei” in German. This motion was inscribed on the iron gate in front of Auschwitz.
At the second barracks, the Jews soaked in a barrel with some liquid for disinfection. After that, all prisoners had a very fast hot shower.