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October 25, 2011

Prisoner who was tattooed at Dachau

Filed under: Dachau, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:33 am

Max Kaufmann shows his Dachau tattoo --- Palm Beach Daily News photo by Chris Salata

I know that some tour guides tell visitors to the Dachau Memorial Site that Jews were tattooed at Dachau, but I always thought that they were mistaken. I have checked with Wikipedia here and verified that prisoners were tattooed at Auschwitz, but Dachau is not mentioned.

Then I saw the photo above in today’s Palm Beach Daily News online, which you can read here.

The caption under the photo reads:

Max Kaufmann shows his numerical tattoo given to him at Dachau. He had been shot in the right arm toward the end of the war by a soldier who was aiming for his back and carries part of that bullet in a chain around his neck.


Here’s the story on Max Kaufmann, the prisoner who was tattooed at Dachau, quoted from the Palm Beach Daily News:

Max Kaufmann, a longtime West Palm Beach photographer, was originally from Vienna. At first, the Nazi invasion didn’t seem to have much impact on his family. But they were sent a letter out of the blue saying that they were being relocated to Poland.

Kaufmann was 14 when the family was put on a train and sent to the small town of Opole, Poland, where the family was broken up and taken in by village residents who lived in rudimentary houses with dirt floors and no sanitation facilities.

I looked up Opole on Wikipedia and found this information:

On February 15, 1941, and February 26, 1941, two deportation transports with 2,003 Jewish men, women and children on board left Vienna Aspang Station to Opole. By March 1941, 8,000 Jews were deported to the ghetto which had been set up in Opole. From May 1941, 800 men capable of work were deployed as forced labourers in Deblin. Liquidation of Opole ghetto began in the spring 1942. A transport to Belzec extermination camp left on March 31, 1942, and deportations to Sobibor followed in May and October 1942. Of the 2,003 Viennese Jews, twenty-eight are known to have survived. [Note: The deportation of Viennese Jews to Opole most likely is a reference to a historical event that happened in “the other Opole,” a town by the same time in Lublin, in eastern Poland. Therefore, the facts in this paragraph may not be factual as they apply to the Opole this article refers to.]

According to Wiki, there are two places named Opole, one of which is a city in Silesia, which was in Germany in 1942.  Max Kaufmann must have been sent to “the other Opole,” which is a small town in Poland, where he lived with village residents who had houses with dirt floors and no indoor plumbing.

If he had been one of the 28 known survivors of the Opole ghetto in Silesia who were not gassed at Belzec or Sobibor, he surely would have mentioned it.  In any case, he somehow ended up at Dachau, where he was tattooed.  He could not have been tattooed at Auschwitz because if he had been sent to Auschwitz at the age of 14, he would have been sent immediately to the gas chamber by Dr. Mengele.


  1. Could the number tattoo simply be an accounting of how many based on the engima machine. Or something like a member of a specific family or town or clan.
    Why, Viennese were sent to Poland may have just coinsided with Hitlers march east which would account for the final solution that may have began shortly following The Russian repulsion of Hitler towards the west.
    Its also likely that Hitler’s war machine had begun to fraye.
    Its horrible in its concept, but the actual number Hitler slaughtered may never be truly known, as I personally his plans were being put into place long b4 The Beer Hall Putzh.
    Plus, how many Austrians were driven out of their homes and killed!!!
    I must forgive, but its so very hard to 4 get my lived ones I never knew whom died from the US fighting him
    I still get alternating sadness and rage at The Unholy Remnant of The Caesars and what they have fought on This World in The Name above every other Name Jesus Christ and His Father The Lord GOD Almighty.
    ALLAH, desires not sacrifice but repentance!!!

    Comment by Jeffrey Farrell Francis Usher — June 23, 2016 @ 3:26 pm

  2. PS the Newspaper reporter has it wrong. I was tatooed in Auschwitz.!!! Liberated in Dachau! These assholes w/their fucking comments only shows their ignorance and hatred!! All I cansay is fuck’em!! Max Kaufmann!!

    Comment by Max Kaufmann — February 22, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    • Thanks for coming forward and clearing that up, Mr. Kaufmann. How old were you when you arrived at Auschwitz? How did you get past Dr. Mengele who was waving everyone under 15 and over 45 to the line for the gas chamber?

      Comment by furtherglory — February 22, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

      • I was in front of Mengele twice. First when we arrived at Auschwitz from the cattle cars and he did the selection. Women and children to one side { They were gassed immediately}the second time when my Father, Brother and I were in the hospital block . We all had a slight cold but were ok by then. The whole block had about 30 men, most of them in good shape. We were the only ones the Jewish Dr. told Mengele are OK. The rest went to gas chamber that same afternoon. That Bastard survived and lived in Germany for many years and then the Vatican got him to South America. P.S. by the time I got to Auschwitz I was past 18.

        Comment by Max aufmann — June 4, 2014 @ 11:06 am

        • Thanks for clearing that up. What happened to the “Jewish Dr.” who told Dr. Mengele that only you, your brother and your father were OK, and let the others go to the gas chamber? If this doctor had said that all of the prisoners in the hospital block were OK, their lives would have been saved.

          Comment by furtherglory — June 5, 2014 @ 7:44 am

  3. Become a Londsman. Wear a temporary tattoo of the most famous concentration camp number in the world, the one that rocketed Elie Wiesel to the top of the New York Times bestseller list – A 7713. Yours today for only a buck and a SASE . Won’t rub off even in the shower.
    Comes with instructions. Write to: The Society for a Five Minute Moratorium on Holocaust Hubub, Temporary Holo-Tats™ Dept., 3221 Beacon Ave. S. Seattle WA. 98144. Be sure to ask about our birdhouse offer. Sale ends soon.

    Comment by who dares wings — October 27, 2011 @ 9:55 am

  4. The Oct 29, 1997 edition of the Palm Beach Post News says Max Kaufmann “was shot in the arm on the way to Dachau.” (so likely the same Max Kaufmann), survived “14 different concentration camps” – Impressive.

    Perhaps he was tattooed at all of them and looks like Tommy Lee.

    Comment by Black Rabbit — October 25, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    • By the sound of it, If they made a lampshade out his skin it would look like a telephone book … I’m sure in 20 years time there will be people with no concept of time who will tell personal stories of being an inmate in a Concentration camp and the stupid Goyim will be obliged to hang on their every word..

      Comment by Mr Chris J Walters (@glyndwr1416) — October 26, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

    • The dam reporter from the Palm Beach Post did NOT LIsten. I Max Kaufmann was tattooed in Auschwitz!!!! same time w/my Father and Brother!! You can not believe everything you read!!I worke3d at the Palm Beach Post for 14 years and I am sure I made some mistakes!!!!

      Comment by Maximilian Kaufmann — November 7, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

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