• Elie is born

    Elie Wiesel is born in Transylvania, Romania.
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  • Adolph Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany.

  • Opening of First Camps.

    Nazis open Dachau concentration camp near Munich, to be followed by Buchenwald near Weimar in central Germany, Sachsenhausen near Berlin in northern Germany, and Ravensbrück for women.
  • Hindenburg

    German President von Hindenburg dies. Hitler becomes Führer.
  • Forced abortions

    Nazis pass law allowing forced abortions on women to prevent them from passing on hereditary diseases.
  • Berlin Olympics

    Olympic games begin in Berlin. Hitler and top Nazis seek to gain legitimacy through favorable public opinion from foreign visitors and thus temporarily refrain from actions against Jews.
  • Invasion

    Nazis invade Poland (Jewish pop. 3.35 million, the largest in Europe). Beginning of SS activity in Poland.
  • Sealed Ghetto

    The Warsaw Ghetto, containing over 400,000 Jews, is sealed off.
  • The Beadle

    Elie meets beadle for the first time
  • Leaving little ghettos

    All Sighet Jews are forced from their homes and told to line up in the street at 8 A.M. At 1 P.M., the first group departs by train.
  • The Surgery

    Elie undergoes surgery on his foot in the Auschwitz infirmary.
  • Red Army

    The red army liberates Auschwit.
  • Death of Father

    Elie's father dies in his bunk at Burchenwald.
  • Elie's freedom

    Elie falls ill with food poisoning. Elie is liberated with the arrival of U.S. troops.
  • Hitler Caps himself in the head

    Hitler commits suicide in his Berlin bunker.