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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