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Rammjaeger
02-06-2008, 09:43 AM
I came across this link while reading stuff on www.englishrussia.com: (http://www.englishrussia.com:) encyclopedia of Russian prisoner tattoos. I don't speak Russian but these are supposedly examples of tattoos of German, Japanese, Finnish and probably former Soviet POWs who were incarcerated in Soviet camps in the late 1940s and early 1950s:

http://eatx.narod.ru/zktattoo/male/prisoners_of_war/default.html

Some types are pretty easy to identify (Pz. VI. Tiger, Pz. IV., the German cruiser Admiral Scheer, Ju-88, Ju-87).

As far as I know, the greatest authority on this subject is a former Ministry of Interior officer called Danzig Baldayev.

More about the subject:

http://pickledfingers.wordpress.com/2007/05/28/russian-prison-tattoo/

http://pickledfingers.wordpress.com/2007/01/22/russian-criminal-tattoo/

BSS_Goat
02-06-2008, 09:50 AM
Bet this one was a hit!
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j141/goatkisser/298.gif

Probably on some Russian Officers lamp shade now.

Metatron_123
02-06-2008, 01:04 PM
Now that was morbid... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

Rammjaeger
02-06-2008, 01:49 PM
More about Baldayev here:

http://www.cdi.org/russia/johnson/5342.html##4

http://www.sptimes.ru/index.php?action_id=2&story_id=4136

I've read this particular book a couple of years ago, great stuff.

SlickStick
02-06-2008, 02:28 PM
Originally posted by BSS_Goat:
Probably on some Russian Officers lamp shade now.

Why would a Russian Officer have that on his lampshade? Or did you confuse the Russian star with the Star of David on the Devil's back?

I'm curious to know what the Russian writing on that tattoo translates to in english, as it appears to be a reference to the genocide of the Jewish people (depicted as the Devil in disguise) by the Nazis.

SaQSoN
02-06-2008, 05:52 PM
Originally posted by SlickStick:
I'm curious to know what the Russian writing on that tattoo translates to in english, as it appears to be a reference to the genocide of the Jewish people (depicted as the Devil in disguise) by the Nazis.

The Russian text is actually a translation from German (i.e. originally, the tatto was in German), made when the tatto was copied in POW camp.

It has very strong anti-semitic meaning, and is quite disgustive, so I'd rather not translate it for this site.
In a few words, it calls for killing jews and tells what to do with the corpses.

The words on the body read:

Mimicry
Demagogy
Greed
Nastiness
Thirst for power

SlickStick
02-06-2008, 06:36 PM
That's what I thought when I saw it. Thanks for not translating it in it's entirety. There's no need for it here. I just wanted to better understand the meaning and origin.

Friendly_flyer
02-07-2008, 01:32 AM
A number of interesting things on that site. Did you guys see the re-enactment photos? Some of them are very good!

http://englishrussia.com/?p=1747#more-1747

Example:

http://englishrussia.com/images/war_leningrad/37.jpg

BSS_Goat
02-07-2008, 05:38 AM
Originally posted by SlickStick:
Or did you confuse the Russian star with the Star of David on the Devil's back?

Yeah thats what I did, I'm not up on my hate crime cartoons.....

SeaFireLIV
02-07-2008, 07:32 AM
Sometimes it`s good for people to be shocked awake by the real hate that bought our world to this and remember that this was once not just a game/sim. But deadly reality borne of hatred of different peoples.

Rammjaeger
02-08-2008, 12:08 PM
I wonder if British/American servicemen had similar habits (i.e. having images of their weapons tattooed on themselves).