Holocaust survivor receives jab in same arm as Auschwitz tattoo


Vaccination views - Holocaust survivor receives jab in same arm as Auschwitz tattoo.

In the week we marked Holocaust Memorial Day, meet survivor, Evelyn Lipmann who recently received her Covid vaccination some 73 years after coming to Britain as a refugee from the Leopoldstadt ghetto, and Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Belsen and Salzswedel Nazi concentration camps. 

Evelyn, 96, from Walton-on-Thames, was elated when found out she was to receive the vaccine, especially as it was two miles away from her home at ‘The Heart’ shopping centre.

Evelyn’s son, Anthony Lipmann told of how his Mum gave him a blow-by-blow account of her experience. He said, "she was quite excited and explained you were given a number like at the Waitrose deli counter where you get your number, and was soon called for her ‘appointment’.

“She said how well organised the whole process was, how everyone was well distanced, and she was in and out very quickly."

Evelyn, some 78 years on, received the vaccine into the same arm that had been tattooed back in the concentration camp. When she asked the young nurse if she had seen this tattoo before, she said she had not and didn't know what it meant.

Anthony said: “On my side, it seemed to me the whole event was moving, and I felt I wanted to thank someone - in fact, thank everyone for the most unlikely part of my mum’s eventful life. Thank you NHS."

Find out more about Evelyn's story


Review Date: 2021-01-28
Review Due: 2021-06-28
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