Israeli Holocaust Memorial Tattoos

As first-hand experiences of concentration camps in Nazi Germany fade into the past, the children and grandchildren of Israeli survivors have adopted memorial tattoos of their family’s struggle.

In her article “Proudly Baring Elders’ Scars, Their Arms Say ‘Never Forget’, New York Times writer Jodi Rudoren discussed the reasoning behind the tattoos and the cultural responses to getting them.


“The 10 tattooed descendants interviewed for this article echoed one another’s motivations: they wanted to be intimately, eternally bonded to their survivor-relative. And they wanted to live the mantra “Never forget” with something that would constantly provoke questions and conversation,” the article said.