After surviving the first selection process, Elie and his father are herded into a cramped barrack, where the SS officers force them to strip naked while armed inmates randomly strike them. Elie recalls the SS officers wandering throughout the room and selecting strong, sturdy men who are forced to work in the concentration camp's crematoria. Béla Katz--the son of an important merchant in their town--happened to arrive at the camp a week earlier and managed to slip Elie and his father a note that explained Katz's terrible experience. In the note, Katz wrote that he was selected because of his strength and muscular build. Tragically, he was forced to place his father's body into the furnace while working in the crematoria. Fortunately, Elie and his father are not selected for their strength and avoid working in such a horrific environment. Eventually, Elie and his father are forced to work in an electrical warehouse, which is one of the easier places to work in the concentration camp.