Sunday, January 27, 2013

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Cover of The Triumphant Spirit, by nick del calzo

The United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/7, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, created on January 27. The significance of January 27, on January 27, 1945, Auschwitz/Birkenau Concentration Camp was liberated from the Nazis.

Prior to that Auschwitz/Birkenau was a camp designed to do one-thing select prisoners for labor or death.

Who shall live and who shall die…

The selection, when the trains pulled into Auschwitz/Birkenau, the youngest, to the oldest, would disembark from the cattle cars. They left their belongings on the trains, and stepped onto the ramp and where greeted by SS doctors.

The two lines were formed; the Left line, the oldest (both men and women) to the youngest of children, women, and the sick, went to the crematorium immediately. The Right line, the prisoners where greeted by SS doctors, and Dr. Mengele for re-inspection to see who was fit for labor.

Once the labor selection was made they where tattooed, and given a number used for identification purposes. Mainly the men received the tattoo’s, but women where also tattooed.

The Nazis shamed the Jews with tattoos. It’s a sin to tattoo a Jew. In the Five Books of Moses (Torah), in Leviticus, we read in Kedoshim, 19:28; you shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print marks upon you; I am the lord.

Here it is 68 years later and a new craze is taking place amongst the Jewish Second and Third Generations of Holocaust Survivors. They’re tattooing the numbers of relatives who survived the Holocaust on their bodies. It’s a way to Remember, to understand and to identify with the Holocaust and their heritage. They’re not selected once they get off cattle cars, the numbering is by choice for the historical memory of the Survivors who've passed away.

Many Jews, including the Survivors are against the act, but if you do a tattoo, the Chabad Organization is offering their advice to a delicate topic amongst many. Remember Leviticus 19:28 forbids tattoos.

The tattoos are equivalent to an Israeli Soldier, who climbs to the top of Masada to profess strength and protection against Israel’s enemies. The children and grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors are tattooing the numbers as an act of “Remembrance” and Never Forget that hate, and Anti-Semitism are alive and flourishing in the world today. 

My father and my uncle where tattooed consecutively in Auschwitz/Birkenau. My father, Zesa Starr's numbers are 111835 and my uncle, Emil Gold’s number is 111834. I will not do a tattoo, I will remember, Never Forget that hatred against the Jews is flourishing around the world, and I will do my part to fight back against Anti-Semitism.

Never Forget

1 comment:

  1. I can well understand the motivation, but I think those considering getting such a tattoo should read the article on the Chabad website *before* actually going through with it.