A boy of fifteen, Elie was taken from his secure existence and thrust into the suffering of the Holocaust. From the ghettos to the death camps and work camps, everything about his life there was terrible. In only about a year, he was sent from his home to the ghettos, and eventually moved to Auschwitz, the most infamous of all the camps. He befriended few, and clung only to his father, as his sisters and mother were seperated from him (and his mother and youngest sister died there). Whipped, starved, and beaten constantly, he just lived day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Death was always staring him in the face - always, always, always. He survived death marches in the snow alongside his dying father, who was eventually struck down with dysentery and died in January 1945. He and his two oldest sisters were the only survivors of his family.