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Holocaust survivors celebrate belated bar mitzvah

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Holocaust survivors wearing 'Talit' (prayer shawls) and 'Tefilin' (phylacteries), sit in a synagogue during a Bar Mitzvah ceremony on May 17, 2012 in Ashkelon, Israel.

Six Holocaust survivors who were unable as children to celebrate the bar mitzvah, the Jewish rite of passage that marks a boy's 13th birthday, were finally able to mark their coming of age in a ceremony in the Israeli city of Ashkelon on Thursday.


David Buimovitch / AFP - Getty Images

David Buimovitch / AFP - Getty Images

A Holocaust survivor whose number tattoo is still visible puts on the 'Tefilin' during the ceremony.