The Question and Answer section for MAUS is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Vladek visits shops that owed him money before the war and arranges to acquire some cloth, which he hides under his clothes and takes to Mr. Ilzecki in exchange for money.
There are a number of reasons. Certainly luck has something to do with it. Beyond luck, Vladek was extremely resourceful. He was able t adapt to different situations and jobs making himself useful to the Nazis. Vladek was great at saving things,...
Gold and Jewellery is easier to hide and easier to trade with than money.