I think that you probably want to reread the second section of the narrative. This would have marked the only time in the book where the Jewish people are on trains and possess valuables. After this point, they go to Auschwitz and the subsequent journeys are on foot and by train. Yet, that particular train journey does not contain individuals who have much in way of possessions. It would be in this second section where the Jewish people actually have valuables that could be traded for value. Additionally, I think it would mark the only other time in the narrative where the Jewish people actually wondered where they were headed. Sadly enough, after this section, the tone of what is presented is one where many are resigned to their fate of death or intense suffering. There is a struggle for survival that overtakes the desire to wonder as to what will be present in the future.