By the time the imprisoned Jews were sent to Buchenwald, Eliezer’s father was too exhausted and weak. Having a clear understanding that his father needs support, the boy takes full responsibility for his dad’s life on himself. Eliezer instills strength in his father by encouraging him. Moreover, Eliezer bravely defends his father, preventing them from causing him harm.
The road to Buchenwald was long and exhausting for everyone. It was especially difficult for a sick and weak father. Upon arrival, he sits down on the ground. He refuses to continue walking, accepting his death. The main character is trying to help his father. Eliezer wants his father to find inner strength and not surrender.
Eliezer begs his father not to stay in the cold snow. At the same time, he feels a deep sense of guilt. When they have little proviant left, he catches himself doubting. He thinks that it is better to keep food for himself. The remaining edibles will increase his chances to survive. For such thoughts, the hero of the novel becomes incredibly ashamed.
However, he cannot do anything with himself in this situation. He realizes what mark the war has left on his soul. Main hero questions himself about how difficult it is to remain human. When the world is full of atrocities and cruelty, people change dramatically. Despite the constant struggle for his survival, Eliezer realizes one fact. Father was the reason for him to stay alive. There is a strong connection between them. Eliezer does everything to save his father’s life.