Tatttoo Stamp (Auschwitz)

auschwitz tatoo

I found this story at Ynet about a nasty bit of “material culture.” Apparently this device with the metal teeth was a stamp used to tattoo prisoners at Auschwitz. Looks like something out of Kafka’s “The Penal Colony.” It was recently discovered and identified. It is either at the museum on site or will soon be shown there. I’ve never seen anything like it.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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