When the Nazi Tattoo Numbers Count
Four Holocaust Survivors with Auschwitz Nazi Concentration Camp Numbers on their arms will each share the meaning & vital lesson they have each learnt from carrying this ‘badge of honor’ and particularly what each of us must learn from them.
Devorah Watman a student at SKA High School in Woodmere, will present her lesson from her prospective of being the grandchild of a Holocaust survivor with the infamous number on his arm.
This event considered the first of its kind in the USA, is not a Holocaust Remembrance Memorial Gathering, rather a unique focus on a dimension of the Holocaust Survivor, passing on a message through the numbers on their arms.
“We chose the date June 30th for this event”, explains Rabbi Anchelle Perl, “for on June 30th, 1942 at Auschwitz, a second gas chamber, Bunker II (the white farmhouse), was made operational. It also coincides with its positive corresponding Jewish date of 18 “Chai-to Life” Tammuz.”
The Numbers Art Exhibition by Sybelle Trigoboff
Numbers is the universal language used for everything, from counting time to birthdays and measuring heart-beats for health. And then there was the nefarious Nazi’s tattooed numbers on the arms of their victims.
Noted Long Island artist Sybelle Trigoboff, has created an installation dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust.
In a somber ambiance, six “scrolls” are presented containing only numbers; one number for each of the innocent Jewish souls who perished in Europe during the years 1938-1945. The scrolls were made up of sheets of numbered pages, sewn together, covered with the color of ash, and rolled with the threads hanging out like tassels.
The scrolls are on the floor open for viewing to encourage the active engagement of the spectator hand-written phrases are above the scrolls like markers on grave-stones.
The scrolls are the metaphor for the Torah scrolls read each week in the synagogues all over the world, and the threads are symbolic of the tassels that hang from prayer shawls. Like the tassels, the threads are a reminder to remember….