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Eliezer's father encourages the other Jews in Sighet to make the best of the situation as the Hungarian police tighten the controls being brought into force against the Jewish population. He attempts to convince them that the wearing of a yellow star is not a hardship, for example.
However, his father quietly resisted the order to turn all valuables over to the Hungarian authorities. Even though he was recognized as one of the leading men in the Jewish community, even though he had friends who were high in the ranks of the Hungarian police and therefore had sources of information available, Elie's father "went down to the cellar and buried our savings."
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