The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

By Heather Morris

  • Release Date: 2018-09-04
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
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Description

The #1 International Bestseller & New York Times Bestseller

This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.

“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”—Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

Reviews

  • An inside look into a terrifying and devastating experience

    4
    By kaykaybean13
    Must read
  • Incredible

    5
    By MN book lover
    At times difficult to read, but an amazing key about love, the will to survive, and finding light in such darkness. An incredible story.
  • The Tattooist of Auschist

    4
    By Burry R
    Great read.
  • Fantastic

    5
    By Sikmole
    What an outstanding book. Gary, thank you for sharing your parents story!!
  • A Must Read!

    5
    By Jordy41
    I sat down and read this book in 4 hrs. I could not put it down. I have read many books and materials on WWII this one by far is one of my favorites. As sad and horrific as the story was it brought to light all very serious time period. It had me yelling “No, no, no!!!” and balling like a baby. Reviewing the depths of humanities failures and darkness took me on a emotional roller coaster. I can’t even begin to imagine the turmoil this must have caused for this couple but to say no matter what I’m surviving and I will love you! Shows how much we can be resilient in the face of evil.
  • 5 Stars

    5
    By SusanSuperMom
    This amazing book shared many details that i didn’t know about Auschwitz concentration camp. It was a miracle that Lale and Gita were able to communicate there and find each other after the war. Lale’s tenacity and street smarts helped many survive one of the worst camps in history. His honesty about his faith being shaken was sad but understandable. Gita’s deep faith kept her and many alive. But it was Lale’s unselfish love for his cellmates, the gypsies and children in the camp that kept him going. He was a hero on many levels and his acts of kindness ignited the human spirit around him. Disturbing but beautiful love story that validates good over evil in the end! 😊
  • The Tatooist of Auschwitz

    5
    By Trebella
    This book was unbelievable. Everyone should read it!!!
  • Great book

    5
    By Daniiiward10
    This book was greatly written for such a sensitive time in history. It is truly amazing to see what a human can endure through years of terrible experiences. I could not even imagine living in a time where I fear death day by day. What drew me to this book is Lale’s story and his determination to stay alive since the beginning. When he met Gita and fell in love with her that was something he fought harder for to stay alive. It is truly amazing the places where you can fall in love. This book is a must read!!
  • Read it

    5
    By Lady Brooke
    To have to do things against your will and find your true love. To be able to hang onto her after all the hell the man went through. A must read as far as I am concerned.
  • With hope you live

    5
    By Lynne/Gerta
    This book is an excellent account of the perils of the Holocaust. It is well written and very sad but interesting. It is unbelievable what a human being can endure.