My Grandmother Was A Holocaust Survivor And I Went Back For The Stories She Never Told

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My grandmother fell into the group of survivors who refuse to speak about the war. I had just a few facts rashly told over dinner to fill in her history. I knew, as a young girl she was removed from her apartment by the Gestapo and forced to wash a nearby statue with a toothbrush. I knew that she was carrying her first husband’s child when he was taken away. I knew that her mother was sent to Auschwitz and murdered there. My grandmother escaped with her infant and managed to hide in France for the duration of the war.

She would not tell the stories, for this would be to lose herself in anguish so deep as to not return to this well-ornamented dream. As a very young boy I was determined to do the crying for her. I dreamt of the camps and in those dreams I was…

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Next tattoo

So I have been thinking a lot about what I what my next tattoo to be. All of my tattoos represent my Jewish faith, therefore, I love the Jewish heritage and culture so I decided on a Hamsa. The Hamsa “is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the Hamsa is believed to provide defense against the evil eyeJews refer to it as the handof Miriam in remembrance of the biblical Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron.” My grandmother is a very spiritual Jew that wears the evil eye around her wrist and has many hanging in her home. My grandmother gave my mother the same bracelet she never takes off and I wanted to commemorate that in a way. As far as placement goes, I am thinking of the inside of my leg right on my ankle bone. As far as color and design goes, I am pretty sure I want it to be in all earth tones and have a sort of calm and free feel to it. I also really want to add the Hebrew word Chai somewhere in the Hamsa. Chai means life in English and I feel it would go perfectly with what I am trying to convey in my tattoo. I will post photos once the tattoo is finished! Here are some ideas I have for colors and design.

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Tattoos

I really have a large obsession with beautiful tattoos. To me they are expressive pieces of  beautiful body art.  My next one I think will be something like the “Love what you do” image but I’m thinking of using a quote from the xx or something my mom always tells me which is “everything happens for a reason.” I also am largely obsessed with thigh tattoos. The “Free Indeed” and the e.e cummings image is probably what I am going to base my thigh piece off of. I currently only have two tattoos but they are extremely addictive! I want so many more!
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