After being in Buna, the Head of the camp's assistant ask Elie if he would like to be in a good Unit, and he responded with, "I certainly do. But on one condition: I want to stay with my father. (page 46)" The young assistant tells Elie that he can make that happen, all he has to do is give him his shoes. Elie refuses because it is all he has left. The assistant even tells hem he can get him extra food, but he still refuses. The shoes were later taken away with nothing in return.