This is, essentially, an act of faith. The Nazi officer reminds her of someone but she has trouble remembering who that is. She begins to explain to them how they can stay alive. Reuven doesn't answer as the Commandant wipes Reuven's knee with a handkerchief. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation.
Now that I am older and I know more about the history I enjoyed it more. They, like so much else in the novel, are not to be forgotten. Suddenly there is a shout and then a shot. He re-emerges and Hannah can see that the clipboard has prisoner numbers written on it. Hannah devours the bowl of potato soup and a slab of bread quickly. Yolen keeps her prose simple and to-the-point. Hannah's decision to sacrifice herself no doubt played a role in this.
A big theme is genocide and even today it's an uphill battle, dealt with very seriously. Rivka tells her that if she had, she too would be dead now. . Each day blends into the next. A girl named Rivka befriends her, teaching her how to fight the dehumanization of the camp and hold onto her identity. She calls this place Lilith's Cave. Watching Reuven being escorted away by the Commandant is like watching Aaron being taken.
Chapter 15 In the morning after roll call and breakfast, a man calls across the fence to tell them the Commandant is coming. As we saw in the first section of the novel, Hannah is a caring older sister who acts as a mentor and guide to her younger brother. I love sharing books with my kids. Hannah never sees Reuven again. A woman asks if there is any news of Rabbi Boruch. The things that Hannah experience are unspeakable, and so this is not a book for young children. We could imagine Hannah coming to resent these birds for their display, but Yolen depicts them more as joyful reminders of happier times.
He has a bloody knee and is rubbing dirt from around his eyes. Lilith is a figure in Mesopotamian and Greco-Roman mythology as well as Judeo-Christian theology. In Fayge's version, Ba'al Shem Tov is able to remove the heart, which is filled with pain. There is even a rhyme associated with it. Here, Yolen uses it in its more traditional context: the ovens are a hellish place.
Hannah then makes the supreme sacrifice to save her friend Rivka by tricking the guard into taking her instead. She wonders where its heart is as she drifts off to sleep. But I - I am alive. Hannah breaks down as she tries to remember her family, Hannah's family, so far away. Hannah replies that it is the line to the gas ovens.
Gitl tells her that Fayge has decided to stay, preferring the dark wolf she knows to the dark one she does not. Hannah wonders where the heart of the werewolf is. Hannah has another vision while collecting water with the other girls. A simple bit of mathematics, like subtraction, where on taken away at the top line becomes one added on to the bottom. Hannah again asks Gitl if she noticed that Yitzchak was not among the captured prisoners. If they do, the pain and suffering will spread.
Rivka gives them both pairs of old shoes hidden beneath her bunk. That night the smoke from the stacks is red and black. After that it becomes part of the routine of life in the camp. Hannah realizes that her memories are now limited to what has happened in the camp. Those who cannot work are chosen for death, although such terminology is not used in the camp. He bends down and kisses the top of her head as the shots are fired. She asks Shifre and Hannah for their real names and then goes through the number on her arm, attaching significance to each numeral to help her remember.
Hannah tries to adjust her eyes but the vision remains. Shifre and Esther are carted off, with Rivka to follow. The Devil's Arithmetic was an exciting, well-written book with many twists and turns. One plus one plus one. Gitl begins to laugh, a sound so much like sobbing that Hannah is unsure which it is. Hannah notices them at various moments, flying freely above.