In Night by Elie Wiesel, what are three obstacles to survival that stand in Eliezer's way?

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In Eliezer's struggle for survival, after he and his father are sent to the first camp at Birkenau and he is separated from his mother and sisters, Eliezer learns that his first obstacle to survival is avoiding death: death by beatings from the Kapo and death by selection for the death chambers. The second obstacle to survival is being able to survive the marches and transport to other camps when they march from Birkenau to Auschwitz and from Auschwitz to Buna and from Buna to Gleiwitz and are transported from Gleiwitz to Buchenwald. Of the hundred who began the transport in Eliezer's train car, he and his father were two of the dozen who survived the trip. The third obstacle to survival is Eliezer's commitment to never turn on or abandon his father: their struggle for survival would be a shared struggle. Eliezer saw Rabbi Eliahou's son abandon him between Buna and Gleiwitz. He then saw a son kill his father over a scrap of bread thrown into the car on the transport from Gleiwitz to Buchenwald. Eliezer withstood each of these struggles, as witnessed by the book Night, and was seated at his father's side when he spoke then breathed his last. Eliezer's name was his father's last word.

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