The practice of tattooing children in Auschwitz

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The practice of tattooing children in Auschwitz

Post by Aaron Richards » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:34 pm

Here's an image taken by the Soviets upon the liberation of Auschwitz, January 27th 1945, although keep in mind that they re-enacted the liberation scene a few days later, possibly into February for a documentary. Anyway, the photo shows children holding out their arms as if to show a tattoo. The oversaturation of their arms prevents the tattoos from being seen, because I highly doubt they were doing this symbolically:

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As we know, throughout most of the camp's history, children were part of the demographic deemed unfit for labor and therefore gassed. This was why Elie Wiesel for example lied about his age (his birth date in the Auschwitz records is a few years older than when he was born). Only those registered into the camp as labor force were the ones tattooed.

At the same time, I know Mengele selected children, preferably twins, for experimentation, and there was also a time when Gypsy families were interned in Birkenau (1944?), thus there were some children in the camp at that point.

My question is, when did the practice of tattooing children begin in Auschwitz?

The Himmler order to cease gassing was said (at the Nuremberg Trial as Statement by SS-Standartenführer Kurt Becher, IMT Document PS-3762) to have been given by end of October 1945, so I would assume any children that entered the camp in the final three months of its operation were tattooed, and these were the ones liberated and shown in the photo.

It also makes sense that a child can only survive for about a month or two in that camp without beginning to show signs of malnutrition. Your thoughts?

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Re: The practice of tattooing children in Auschwitz

Post by Balmoral95 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:25 pm

The Gypsy camp was liquidated August 2-3, 1944.

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Re: The practice of tattooing children in Auschwitz

Post by Jeffk 1970 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:55 pm

Aaron, I am at work right now so I don’t have access to my books on this.

From memory (tricky, I know :D), non-Jewish children were admitted into the camp, Poles, Ukrainians (I think), etc. Also Jewish families from Terezin were admitted into the camp and placed into the family camp to keep around for PR purposes. Jewish children were also admitted into the camp towards the end which you mentioned.

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Re: The practice of tattooing children in Auschwitz

Post by Sergey_Romanov » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:57 pm

These children were inmates so they had to be tattooed (at this point in time).

Why these children were there is explained at length here: http://holocaustcontroversies.blogspot. ... html#unfit

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Re: The practice of tattooing children in Auschwitz

Post by BornAgainDisciple » Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:30 am

Aaron Richards wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:34 pm
The Himmler order to cease gassing was said (at the Nuremberg Trial as Statement by SS-Standartenführer Kurt Becher, IMT Document PS-3762) to have been given by end of October 1945, so I would assume any children that entered the camp in the final three months of its operation were tattooed, and these were the ones liberated and shown in the photo.
I think you mean October 1944. ;)
But your assumption seems to be in place. After all there wasn't that much children left when the camp was liberated.
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Re: The practice of tattooing children in Auschwitz

Post by Sergey_Romanov » Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:02 pm

> I would assume any children that entered the camp in the final three months of its operation were tattooed, and these were the ones liberated and shown in the photo.

Those would be some of them, but not all.

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Re: The practice of tattooing children in Auschwitz

Post by Statistical Mechanic » Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:36 pm

Helen Kubica wrote that even newborns who survived birth in the camp were tattooed - generally on thighs or buttocks, sometimes on their arms. This would have been after June 1943, when immediate killing of non-Jewish infants born in the camp was halted.
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