How can the stories of the Holocaust — horrific as they are — be conveyed to children?

How do you inform a young person about events that often are too difficult even for adults to face?

The question looms larger with each passing year, as the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles, their tragedies and triumphs eventually left to others to tell.

On Jan. 27 — International Holocaust Remembrance Day — HBO will address the quandary with the national television premiere of an impeccably crafted, warmly poetic film, “The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm.” Running approximately 19 minutes, the documentary looks at one family’s attempt to pass its story through the generations: We see 90-year-old Jack Feldman communing with his 10-year-old great-grandson, Elliott, about that blueish tattoo on Feldman’s forearm: A 17606.

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