The Devil's Arithmetic

What is significant about the tattoo parlor in the beginning of the movie " Devil's Arithmetic"?

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The tattoo artist tells Hannah that she is wearing his daughter's dress. His daughter was named Chaya as well but she is dead now. The theme of remembrance is imparted here as the man implores Hannah, as Chaya, to live for his lost girl and to remember. As Rivka also states in the novel, as long as the dead are not forgotten they are not truly dead. They can remain alive in all the living who do not forget what happened. Chaya, as her name suggests, comes to embody hope for all the prisoners in the camp. Gitl even names the organization she founds after her niece for the same reason. This lesson has also been imparted to much of the world. The Holocaust museums and memorials around the world stand as vigilant reminders of those events and as voices for those who were silenced.


the tattoo parlor in the beginning of the movie is significant because the Jews during the Holocaust were tattooed upon entering the camp. Later in the movie, Chaya holds her arm up to show Rivka her tattoo and says "I almost wanted this. I almost wanted one of these."