This weeks word for Illustrator Friday is “Faded.”
I did this sketch a while ago. I was reminded of it when a friend of mine who works for one of the premier Jewish antiques dealers in the world J Greenstein and Co. , told me about a Holocaust surviver who recently walked into his shop.
The elderly gentleman mentioned having been in a concentration camp and showed my friend his camp number tattoed on his upper arm. He told my friend that he was only 12 years old when he entered the camp. Because of that the number is high on his arm, rather then in the normal place on the forearm.
My friend told me that he regrets not having taken a picture with this surviver so he could show it to his children one day.
It is said that a person once came to the Grand Rabbi of Satmar to receive a blessing. The Rabbi told him “Why are you coming to me? Go to those with the numbers on their arm, they are worthy of bestowing blessings.”
The survivers are fading. Their memories will live on.