In chapter 8, Elie and his father arrive at the Buchenwald concentration camp, and Elie's father is suffering terribly from dysentery. Despite his lack of strength and illness, Elie tries his best to keep his father alive by preventing him from sleeping in the snow and by sharing his coffee and food rations with him. After a week of Elie sharing his food rations with his father, the block leader advises Elie to stop giving his rations to his dying father. The block leader explains to Elie that in the concentration camp, each man is for himself and family no longer matters. He advises Elie to look out for himself and forget his dying father because he cannot help him. For a fraction of a second, Elie contemplates taking the block leader's advice, but he immediately feels guilty about entertaining the thought of rejecting his dying father. Elie then fetches his father some water and food rations, which he rejects because of his illness. That night, Elie's father passes away in the bottom bunk, and Elie completely gives up hope.