The Devil's Arithmetic

What is processing


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Rivka then speaks and tells Hannah that anyone who could not get out of bed that day will be chosen for processing, and suddenly, Hannah understands that processing means death, a word she peaks aloud. Rivka immediately silences her by saying she cannot use that word – death. She must say processing and chosen and drek or shmattes for corpses. The Germans believe that what is not recorded cannot be blamed. However, Leye points out that Commandant Breuer, despite the euphemisms spoken, shows that he actually enjoys the Choosing.