A tattoo to remember: more than 70 years after the Holocaust, some young Israelis are memorializing their families’ suffering on their own skin.

By | December 17, 2013

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When Eli Sagir showed her grandfather, Yosef Diamant, the new

tattoo on her left forearm, he bent his head to kiss it.

Diamant had the same tattoo, the number 157622, permanently inked

on his own arm by the Nazis at Auschwitz, the most notorious of the

concentration camps Germany set up across Europe during World War II.

Nearly 70 years later, his granddaughter got hers at a hip tattoo

parlor in downtown Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, after a high school

trip to Poland. The next week, her mother and brother had the six digits

inscribed onto their forearms.

“All my generation knows nothing about the Holocaust,”

says Sagir, 21, who has now had the tattoo for four years. “You

talk with people and they think it’s like the Exodus from Egypt,

ancient history. I decided to do it to remind my generation: I want to

tell them my grandfather’s story and the Holocaust story.”

Diamant’s descendants are among a handful of children and

grandchildren of Auschwitz survivors memorializing some of the darkest

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