At the end of chapter 1, the Jews are put into cattle cars that are being pulled by a train. Readers are not told many details about the conditions in the car in chapter 1. We are told that the police placed 80 people to a car and allowed a small amount of food and water as well.
The Hungarian police made us climb into the cars, eighty persons in each one. They handed us some bread, a few pails of water.
Readers are also told that the cars are locked and the window bars are double checked for tightness. Finally, readers are told that a person in the car has been placed “in charge.” If anybody manages to escape off the train, that person will be shot.
Chapter 2 is more descriptive with details regarding the train trip. 80 people in a train car is very tight. We are told that the people were packed so tightly that sitting down was not an option. The trip goes on for days. The narrator tells readers that the heat became intolerable as well as the accompanying thirst. Most of the passengers did not eat either, because they assumed things might get worse and the food would be more valuable then.
There was still some food left. But we never ate enough to satisfy our hunger. Our principle was to economize, to save for tomorrow. Tomorrow could be worse yet.
After two days, the jewelry of everybody on board is confiscated. Anybody caught trying to hide jewelry would be shot on the spot. After that, the doors are shut again and then nailed shut. Conditions continue to decline, and the heat combined with the lack of food and water causes a passenger to start hallucinating and screaming about fire. Her cries become so annoying to everybody on board that she is beaten, bound, and gagged.
Once again, the young men bound and gagged her. When they actually struck her, people shouted their approval:
"Keep her quiet! Make that madwoman shut up. She's not the only one here… "
She received several blows to the head, blows that could have been lethal.
All in all, the conditions for those three days are atrocious. Not even cattle are treated as poorly as those people were treated.