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Section 2 Summary

There is not enough space for all the people on the transport train, so the Jews must stand or occasionally take turns sitting. The young people flirt in the darkness, and the others pretend not to notice. Thirst and heat take their toll after two days. Having some provisions, they eat a little but are always mindful to leave some for the next day.

When the train stops on the Czechoslovakian border, the Jews know that they are leaving Hungary. A German officer tells them that if they still have any valuables, they should hand them over now or be shot. He tells those who feel ill to go to the hospital car. Since there are eighty people in the car, there had better be eighty people when they arrive, or else they will all be shot.

A woman known to the Wiesels, Madame Schachter, is with her ten-year-old son. Her husband and other sons had been mistakenly transported previously. Because of the tragedy , Madame Schachter has lost her mind. In the dark, she cries out, “Fire! I can see a fire!” The others by the window look out but see nothing. They tell the woman...

(The entire section is 396 words.)