• Father son relationship
• Fight for survival
The story starts during the World War II around 1941 when the author was twelve years old.
It starts at Sighet, Transylvania (actual Romania).
The ghettos: “Two ghettos were created in Sighet. A large one in the center of town occupied four streets, and another smaller one extended over several alleyways on the outskirts of town. The street we lived on, Serpent Street, was in the first ghetto. We therefore could remain in our house. But, as it occupied a corner, the windows facing the street outside the ghetto had to be sealed. We gave some of our rooms to relatives who had been driven out of their homes.”
“…The barbed wire that encircled us like a wall did not fill us with real fear.” (Eliezer)
Parts that describe the concentering camps:
First, Birkenau “ Do you see the chimney over there? Do you see it? And the flames, do you see them?" (Yes, we saw the flames.) "Over there, that's where they will take you. Over there will be your grave.” (An inmate)
“There was no floor. A roof and four walls. Our feet sank into the mud.”
"You are in a concentration camp. In Auschwitz…”
"Remember it always; let it be graven in your memories. You are in Auschwitz. And Auschwitz is not a convalescent home. It is a concentration camp. Here, you must work. If you don’t, you will go straight to the chimney. To the crematorium. Work or crematorium - the choice is yours."
“…Gates opened and closed. We continued to march between the barbed wire. At every step, white signs with black skulls looked down on us. The inscription: WARNING! DANGER OF DEATH.”
“… few more steps than we saw the barbed wire of another camp. This one had an iron gate with This one had an iron gate with the overhead inscription: ARBEIT MACHT FREI. Work makes you free.”
Eliezer: He was almost thirteen and