Quora has a brilliant article up on their website at the moment, which asks a Holocaust victim about their tattoo. I know that many people who love tattoos like to try to ignore bad things that have happened involving the craft, but I think this is a really important part of history that people should always try to know more about.
The lady volunteering a little part of her memories and thoughts is Eva Kor, who is open and honest about what happened to her and her family. It’s great to see people being brave enough to share what must have been a living hell so that others can learn from it. From the article:
People ask me, “Did you ever consider getting it removed?” Never. That thought has never entered my mind. I was always proud of my tattoo. I have never covered it except for one time. The only time was in 1984 when I was in Vienna, flying to Auschwitz, because then I was scared that there might be too many Nazis around and they would see my tattoo and harm me. I never covered it any other time. When people asked, I unemotionally told them I was in Auschwitz and they put a tattoo on my arm. Some people still ask me today if I would remove it, and my answer is always the same: By removing my tattoo, will that remove all the tragedy that happened to me? Unfortunately the answer is no. So why should I submit myself to additional pain just so I do not have to see that tattoo? It is kind of like my badge of courage. I actually like looking at it, even though it’s not very clear. That’s okay – I know why it’s not clear.
I would really encourage you to read this account by Eva, which you can do so here. Even after years of hearing about the Holocaust, many of us still find accounts like this to be a real eye-opener. We can all learn a lot from Eva Kor.