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What does the woman who shaves Riva's head tell her? Do you agree with her reason?

The cage by Ruth Sender. Chapter 24-30

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I'm pretty sure she tells Riva the head shaving is to keep the lice out. I suppose she has a point. These camps were dirty and all kinds of horrid things were passed on in such close quarters. I also think the whole head shaving thing was to humiliate, especially women, and break their spirits.