The Question and Answer section for Night is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The opening sentence of this part strikes fear in the heart of the reader. Up until know the people had been carrying mementos of their past life – Why had they been carrying these things since they left their home? Why did they give them up now?
What part or chapter are you referring to?
In Chapter Nine, Elie is at Buchemwald. Three days after the camp's liberation, he was moved to the hospital because he was sick with food poisoning.
Eliezer's father tells him that he is too old to start over in another country.
"I am too old, my son," he answered. "Too old to start a new life. Too old to start from scratch in some distant land … "