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By bribing his cousin, Haskel, chief of the Jewish Police, Vladek is able to arrange for the release of himself and his wife, but Anja's parents are sent to Auschwitz. Money during this time had a vague importance. People could buy things but there simply wasn't much to buy. Even items on the black market were often scarce. Inflation was rampant and frequently money was worth no more than the paper it was printed on.