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From the little ghetto, Elie, his family and the rest of the Jewish people being held there were loaded onto cattle cars, 80 people to a car. The beginning of Chapter Two has the trains starting toward their destination. The Jews were hopeful at this point. After all, what could be worse than what they have already endured? The cattle cars were cramped and airless. There was little food, and by the second day, Wiesel writes, "...we began to be tortured by thirst" (Wiesel 21). Nerves were frayed, and Madame Schacter's visions of fire along with her outbursts were more than the people on the train could take. After a few days, they actually felt relieved when they reached their destination: Auschwitz.
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