• Vladek is Drafted

    Vladek is drafted into the Polish Army to fight against the Nazis.
  • Britain Signs Pact with Poland

    Britain Signs Pact with Poland
    On August 25, two days after the Nazi-Soviet Pact, the Polish-British Common Defence Pact was signed. The treaty contained promises of mutual military assistance between the nations in the event either was attacked by another European country.
  • Germany invades Poland

    Germany invades Poland
    Germany invades Poland, starting WWII in Europe.
  • Britain and France Declare War on Germany

    Britain and France Declare War on Germany
    On 1 September 1939 Germany invaded Poland, and two days later Britain and France declared war on Germany because they had a treaty with Poland in which they had undertaken to help Poland if its independence was threatened by force.
  • Canada Declares War on Germany

    Canada Declares War on Germany
    Canada declares war on Germany; Battle of the Atlantic begins.
  • Vladek Release from Work Camp

    Through a family friend, Orbach, Vladek is able to escape murder and hide out.
  • Vladek Returns to Sosnowiec

    Vladek is reunited with his family after sneaking across the Poland-Germany Border.
  • Germans bomb Naval Base near Scotland

    Germans bomb Naval Base near Scotland
    Germans bomb Scapa Flow naval base near Scotland.
  • Germany Invades Denmark

    Germany Invades Denmark
    German troops invade Denmark, and German ships launch attacks and landings on Norway. Denmark surrenders within twelve hours.
  • Auschwitz Created

    Auschwitz Created
    The Auschwitz concentration camp is established.
  • Hitler Invades France

    Hitler Invades France
    In the World War II, the Battle of France was the German invasion of France.
  • Belgium Surrenders

    Belgium Surrenders
    Belgium surrenders to the Nazis.
  • France Signs Armistice

    France Signs Armistice
    France signs an armistice with Nazi Germany.
  • Greece and North Africa

    Greece and North Africa
    As Hitler plotted his next steps, Italy, an ally of Germany, expanded the war even further by invading Greece and North Africa. The Greek campaign was a failure, and Germany was forced to come to Italy’s assistance in early 1941.
  • Elie Wiesel studies Kabbalah

    Elie starts to study Kabbalah
  • Operation Barbossa

    Operation Barbossa
    Operation Barbarossa was the code name for Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union during World War 2 that began on 22 June 1941.
  • U.S. Enters WWII

    U.S. Enters WWII
    The United States enters the war in December.
  • Japan Attacks Pearl Harbor

    Japan Attacks Pearl Harbor
    Japan bombs Pearl Harbor
  • Hitler Declares War on US

    Adolf Hitler declares war on the United States
  • Battle of Midway

    Following the attack on Peal Harbor, Japanese armies rolled over Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and the East Indies. The war in the Pacific was fought on land, at sea, and in the air. The turning point in the war in the Pacific came in June, 1942 at the Battle of Midway.
  • Vladek's Father Deported

    Vladek's father is taken from the Ghetto during a mass inspection. He dies in an Auschwitz gas chamber.
  • Hitler Orders Execution

    Hitler orders the execution of all captured British commandos.
  • Stalingrad Surrenders

    Stalingrad surrenders marking Germany's first major victory.
  • Germans Surrender

    Germans surrender at Stalingrad in the first big defeat of Hitler's armies.
  • Jews Rise Up in Warsaw

    Jews rise up in Warsaw against their Nazi oppressors. By the end of the year more than 4 million Jews are killed in Europe.
  • Elie and Jews Forced into Ghettos

    Elie and the rest of the Jews are forced into the Ghettos in Sighet.
  • Wiesel Transferred to Auschwitz

    Elie is 15 years old when him and his family is sent from Sighet to Auschwitz.
  • D-Day

    On D-Day, June 6, 1944 , General Dwight Eisenhower led U.S. and Allied troops in an invasion of Normandy, France. The armies fought their way through France and Belgium and into Germany while Russian troops fought from the east. On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered
  • Elie's Father Dies

    On January 29, 1945, Wiesel's father died after suffering from dysentery, and starvation.
  • Elie is Liberated

    Elie and the other Jews held captive is finally liberated.
  • Vladek in U.S. Refugee Camp

    In the summer of 1945, Vladek reaches the American run displaced persons camp, Garmisch-Partenkirchen