The Question and Answer section for The Devil’s Arithmetic is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The soldiers do not want the prisoners to think. They only want complete subservience. Thinking can give away emotion and that is a dangerous thing to do. These soldiers look for weakness and vulnerability.
The Jews are rounded up and taken for resettlement in the midst of Fayge and Shmuel's wedding celebration.
Hannah feels responsible for Reuven's death. She tells Commandant Breuer that Reuven's mother is dead and says "no" when he asks if Reuven was her brother. With no family, Breuer felt free to take Reuven, there and then.
When Reuven didn't answer,...