Tattoo System

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Tattoo System

What was the tattoo system?

Tattoo System

Where was it used and how?

The tattoo system was only used at one concentration camp; Auschwitz-Birkenau. Prisoners got a tattoo on their underarm when they first arrived.

When the prisoners first came to the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, they got a camp serial number which matched their uniforms. Only those prisoners who were able to work received a tattoo. Those who didn't received a tattoo were sent directly after they had arrived to the gas chamber

Nowadays in Israel

Nowadays in Israel, people who survived the Holocaust still have the tattoo on their arm to show: We survived the Holocaust. Some of them are ashamed of it, but most of the people who survived are not. Most grandchildren who's grandparents survived, get the same number on their arm, so that their children in the future ask what it means and so that they can tell the story of their grandparents. You can see that on the picture right, the granddaughter has the number and a diamant next to it.

Work CitedDoro, Dana, and Uriel Sinai. "NUMBERED, Di Uriel Sinai, Dana Doron, Israele, 2012, Doc, 55'" YouTube. YouTube, 04 Sept. 2013. Web. 01 Feb. 2015.Grimm, Rico. "Holocaust Tattoo Number." Holocaust Number as Tattoo. Frankfurter Rundschau, 03 Feb. 2013. Web. 01 Feb. 2015."Tattoos and Numbers: The System of Identifying Prisoners at Auschwitz." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 20 June 2014. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.


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