lasbar, i am "glad" you take the memory of the holocaust with the seriousness and emotion it deserves.
Originally Posted by dopey
The ones whose numbers being used are dead so their opinions are likely unknown.
Why one survivor's opinion about a subject determines how someone should memorialize a different survivor with whom that person has a personal relationship and who may have had a different opinion doesn't seem that relevant to me.
Obviously, if I were a grandkid, I wouldn't want my memorial to my grandmother to piss off my neighbor, but neither would I think it fair for some lady I don't know to tell me how to relate to my own relatives.
Each survivor is a person and each one, now living or dead, had his or her own opinions. They aren't a monolithic group that sets "survivor policy" nor could they be.
you make a solid point. i was unclear in my post. certainly i would not expect every survivor to have the same opinion, nor would i expect one survivor to have the right to tell someone else how to memorialize another relative survivor who may or may not share the same feelings as they do.
i just meant that for me personally, the opinion of the survivor that the tatto pertains to, that persons opinion (or their relatives opinion) is far greater than what someone else has to say on the matter. and we can all state our opinions, but any opinion that does not practically relate to an actual survivor, is kind of moot to me. pages and pages can be written, but in the end, all that matters is the feelings of each person that is being memorialized, and how their relatives chose to process that and hold onto their memories.
as to the fact that a tatto is a torah prohibition, and discussion about weather or not transgressing such a prohibition with the intent to memorialize someone who was jewish, and who may or may not be put off by being memorialized in way that they discourage, well, thats an entirely different discussion, and also none of my business. to each their own.