Young Israelis Choosing a Number Tattoo

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Young Israelis Choosing a Number Tattoo
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Mon, 10-01-2012 - 9:50am

The New York Times has this story on their website this morning about young Israelis tattooing numbers on their bodies in honor of their grandparents who survived the Holocaust:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/01/world/middleeast/with-tattoos-young-israelis-bear-holocaust-scars-of-relatives.html

While the younger generation who choose to get the tattoos see them as a sign of respect and a reminder of the Holocaust for a generation that knows nothing about it, there is a debate over the tattoos.

From the article:

It is certainly an intensely personal decision that often provokes ugly interactions with strangers offended by the reappropriation of perhaps the most profound symbol of the Holocaust’s dehumanization of its victims. The fact that tattooing is prohibited by Jewish law — some survivors long feared, incorrectly, that their numbers would bar them from being buried in Jewish cemeteries — makes the phenomenon more unsettling to some, which may be part of the point.

What do you think about the younger generation opting for a number tattoo to honor the older generation?

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Registered: 01-13-1997
Tue, 10-02-2012 - 10:20am

Wow. Interesting. On the one hand, I understand. The sentiment to connect to their loved one forever and to have the new generation remember the holocost is admirable. On the other hand, they are perpetuating something done to their relative by a Nazi. To each his/her own, I guess.

Janet