The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

by Heather Morris

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#1 New York Times Bestseller and #1 International 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062797155
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 374
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: HL760L (what's this?)

About the Author

Heather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now resident in Australia. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US. In 2003, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who ‘might just have a story worth telling’. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote Lale’s story as a screenplay – which ranked high in international competitions – before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 142 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read dozens of Holocaust books, all non fiction, so this is a bit different for me since it's historical fiction but i thoroughly enjoyed this narrative. It is a love story in the midst of the unbelievable horrors of a consentration camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the read. Author gets right into the story. Hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shattering
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The immediate mission to have a cooler head than the enemy (or in a lot of situations be smarter than the dumb kid) is beyond inspirational to follow the nightmare Lale &Gita faced. Hats off to the author! Fascinating read of a time mankind should never forget yes please to the screen play
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We can certainly be thankful that the Allies were successful in WW II and brought down the Axis powers. The horror that was Nazi Germany is brought home in this story through the suffering of the book’s well developed characters. At the same time, the hope that sustained Lale serves to underscore the human spirit. Well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FANTASTIC READ well written. This time in our history should never be forgotten..lest we stumble in our ignorance..and repeat it. Hope this book is made into a movie..lessons to everyone as to what is important in our lives..highly suggest everyone to read..and learn from this story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Superb. Lovely love story in the worst possible circumstances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story of survival , and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since we know from the cover that the hero survives, some of his danger is less suspenseful. But the evocation of the small details of day to day existence are top notch. One interesting thing - it gradually unfolds that the main character is what we think of as a collaborator, a Jew who helped to run the camps. How could such a thing happen, people cry, but the unfolding of the story makes it understandable. How culpable he is may be hard to assess, especially given his later actions outside the camp. But this is what makes you think - what would I do - and makes the book echo in your thoughts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May this family rest in peace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always found great interest in WWI and WWII. However, this book doesn't have the defeat of the Germans but the dark yet blissful look into the life of hopefully group of people in hell. It shows how love,hope and the will to live can overcome all odds. I promise you will enjoy the book and find yourself looking through multiple person's eyes feeling their pain, joy, love and uncertainty. If you are looking for a book that will get you in your feels this is it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was designated as our book club's next read and though I was excited to read it, as I had read several good reviews, I kept putting it off as I felt that I knew, to some level, the horror of the subject-matter. Hence as I started to read it I was very uncomfortable, but as the book progressed I felt it a compelling read into the reality of human nature. I gave it five stars rather than four, as I felt four stars did not do it justice. Take 20% off coupons from 100promo.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's inconceivable to believe the horrors of Nazi suppression, and I am grateful this book provides an insight into Gita and Lale's experiences. I hope young people read this book and learn about the results of an autocratic regime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good! Read it in one night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I+highly+recommend+this+book.+It+was+truly+amazing%21
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It+always+amazes+and+horrifies+me+everytime+I+read+about+the+concentration+camps+during+WWII.+There+can+never+be+enough+written+to+remind+us+and+insure+such+atrocities+never+happen+again.+%0A%0AThis+was+an+easy+read+and+a+touching+story.++Would+highly+recommend+it.+I+hope+it+is+made+into+a+movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So moving. Had a hard time putting it down and to find out that it is fiction didn't surprise me, there was so much depth, but I did not know going into it. A beautiful and heroic read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite a story. I worried for the characters. They were alive for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some in the world can be cruel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read story of true love and survival.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A worthy read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Historically correct, horrifying, but a wonderful story of the survival under the worst of circumstances and a love story among the tragically of the holocaust
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish we could have geard more about their life afterwards from him. I wanted more. What a man!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tough read at times but worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent