Descendants of Holocaust Survivors Choose to be Tattooed October 1, 2012 6:43 AMSubscribe
Descendants of Holocaust Survivors Choose to be TattooedLivia Rebak was branded with the number 4559. Now her grandson, Daniel Philosof, has the same tattoo. It is certainly an intensely personal decision that often provokes ugly interactions with strangers offended by the reappropriation of perhaps the most profound symbol of the Holocaust’s dehumanization of its victims. The fact that tattooing is prohibited by Jewish law — some survivors long feared, incorrectly, that their numbers would bar them from being buried in Jewish cemeteries — makes the phenomenon more unsettling to some, which may be part of the point.