Eliezer is a Jewish member of his community living in Sighet, Transylvania. His family and him were ripped away from their homes and deported to the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. Eleizer is the third child of his four siblings and is the only boy besides his father. During the story, he fights for both his and his fathers lives.
Eliezer tells his story through his own personal experience of the Holocaust. He gives us his direct perspective where the readers can learn about their life under the Nazis. As the story goes on, the Holocaust shakes his faith in God and the world around him.Also he starts to question peoples sense of justice, and during all this he conveys his terrifying experience as a prisoner at the concentration/death camps.