Where is Elie's Tattoo?
Elie Wiesel has told us for over 50 years that he was tattooed at Auschwitz in 1944, and that his tattoo number is A7713. He has repeatedly said that he still has this original tattoo on his arm. Just last March in Dayton, Ohio, Elie met with the press, high school and college students, and 2300 members of the local community. As reported in the Dayton Daily News , one student asked Wiesel if he still has his concentration camp number and if it serves as a reminder of those terrible experiences. "I don’t need that to remember, I think about my past every day," he responded. "But I still have it on my arm – A7713. At that time, we were numbers. No names, no identity."
Posted on November 9, 2015 at 10:34 pm
If Elie Wiesel’s supporters want us to believe he has A7713 tattooed on his left arm, THEN SHOW US THE TATTOO!
This is NOT a tattoo.
And I can prove it.
All we can see is a faintly darker area on an arm that looks like it could be a tattoo, and it is situated where an Auschwitz tattoo would be, but we can’t make out any definite shapes, let alone numbers. So how are we to tell? It is nothing but a tease.
If it were an Auschwitz tattoo, it might not be the number A7713. That would be a very good reason for Wiesel not to show it to the public – his entire story would be destroyed.
It’s also necessary to find the original photograph to discover if the gray mark is on the original – on the negative, say. At the USHMM website, I was shown only 3 pictures (all of which I have on this website) from my search of “Young Elie Wiesel,” and “Elie Wiesel in France.” Those three did not include this one. Why wouldn’t the USHMM, that owes it’s founding to Wiesel, want to have this picture in its collection? It cannot easily be found at Yad Vashem or the Auschwitz Museum websites, either. Why is Loupi Smith the only person who has come up with this controversial image?
I think this picture was taken in the summer of 1945, in France, since it matches another photo of young Wiesel identified by the USHMM as taken in France in 1945. If Wiesel just arrived from Buchenwald as a scrawny, starved, traumatized kid whose head was shaved clean only a few months before, as we see in the Barracks picture taken in April 1945 that he claimed in 1983 to be himself, then this photo of a healthy, well-fed, smiling boy with long hair doesn’t fit the EW narrative, does it? Is this why no one wants this picture to be circulated? I think that’s a very good explanation. Heidi, take note.
There is no official archive of photos of Elie Wiesel documenting his life. Why not? I think it’s because Elie can’t be pinned down – his story is fluid. Even details in his book Night, first published in 1960, were revised by his wife in 2006! As with this picture, some photos of Wiesel contradict the story he is telling, as well as some things he said in the past contradict what he is saying now — and even what he said then. That is why everything to do with Elie Wiesel is in such disarray. And that is why he will never answer questions except in a “pretend-mode” with friendly Jews who are willing to accept whatever he says, no questions asked.
This IS a tattoo.
And this is the way pictures of Auschwitz-Birkenau survivors should be taken, with a face connected to the arm. With real tattoos, even when faded, they are recognizable as numbers.
And consider that this man, Sam Rosenzweig, appears to be the real deal, is quite old and yet his tattoo is easy to read. Yet Wiesel in the photo above is only a little over a year from the time he ostensibly received his tattoo, and what we see is very faint and unreadable .
Now here is a sure-fire way to prove it to yourself. To enlarge this page without losing sharpness, hold down the Ctrl key on the lower left of your keyboard and hit the plus (+) key on the upper right (next to Backspace; do not bother with Shift) several times until the page enlarges to where it won’t enlarge anymore (seven enlargements for me). You might have to hit the + key more than once at first. Now you can see what these magnified “tattoos” on Wiesel are made of – a shadow or skin discoloration, or maybe a little dishonest smudging, either on the photo or on the arm. But it’s clear there are no distinct numbers. Just hit Ctrl and the minus (-) key to go back to your normal page resolution.
This is NOT a tattoo.
When enlarged in the way that I recommended above, it is perfectly clear that it is not. It also doesn’t go straight across on his arm like on the top picture. but goes downward just a bit.
So please don’t rush to accept suggestive images as proof of anything, without some further search. In other words, don’t be an easy mark, a gullible non-thinker. If you have an interest, for whatever reason, in pushing the holocaust story, then, sure, you will grab onto anything that comes along … like these photographs. And no questions asked. That’s what Elie Wiesel buffs love – they love people who don’t ask questions.