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"The Invisible Tatoo," by Marisa Fox
"Last month, the New York Times reported that the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum had catalogued a staggering 42,500 Nazi camps and ghettos, a far larger figure than previously estimated. The story's headline said it all: 'The Holocaust just got more shocking.' But I wasn't shocked. I'd had the rug pulled out from under me two years earlier, when I learned my mom was in one of those thousands of nameless, faceless camps. I was shocked then -- shocked to learn she had been a Holocaust survivor. My mother, who's been dead for almost 20 years, told me a fictionalized account of her childhood to edit this chapter entirely out of her narrative. When I tell this to people, the reaction always is: Didn't you see her tattoo? Well, no, I explain. My mother didn't have one. Only Auschwitz prisoners were tattooed. But I didn't know this until I went to her hometown in Poland three summers ago and began to put together the truth about her past." Read more in The Huffington Post.

Complete list of Remember the Women Institute Essays

The Remember the Women Institute welcomes essays pertaining to women and history for our on-line library. Suggested research topics include:

How the lessons of the Holocaust apply to women in the present and future
The effect of politics on memorialization of women in the Holocaust
Women in Ravensbrück and other Nazi concentration camps
Women in ghettos, resistance, and partisan groups
Relationships between sexism, anti-Semitism, and racism
· Women and genocide
· Women and migration
· Women and immigration
· Women and displacement
· Women in science and technology
· Women in inter-religious dialogue
· Women in religious worship
· Women in Jewish history
· Women in the university
· Marginalized women

Please contact Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel with your inquiries.

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