Moshe had been expelled from Sighet because he was a foreigner. He comes back and tells the story of how the Hungarian police began killing all of the Jews exiled. He says he played dead and God spared him. He tells the villagers that he was spared by a miracle so that he could return and warn them of the coming danger.
The villagers do not believe his story. They tell him he is crazy and they laugh at Moshe. He confides in Elie but he can't get anyone to take him seriously. They don't want to believe that they are going to be killed. They don't want anything to disrupt their lives or their lifestyles. They also are from an extreamly devout sect of the Jewish religion and they believe God will protect them. Moshe finally tires of trying to get his neighbors to believe him and he quits talking about the coming terror.
"In the spring of 1944, German troops appear in Sighet, and the occupiers issue anti-Semitic decrees and establish two Jewish ghettos. Eventually, the Jews of Sighet are told that they are going to be evacuated."