The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

by Heather Morris


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ISBN-13: 9780062797155
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 15
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Anonymous 11 months ago
Worth the read. Author gets right into the story. Hard to put down.
Anonymous 9 months 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 11 months 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 7 months 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 27 days 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
Anonymous 8 months ago
May this family rest in peace.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Superb. Lovely love story in the worst possible circumstances.
Anonymous 9 months 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 9 months ago
A story of survival , and love.
Anonymous 13 days 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.
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Anonymous 17 days 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 23 days 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 7 months ago
Some in the world can be cruel!
Anonymous 7 months ago
A must read story of true love and survival.
Anonymous 7 months ago
A worthy read
Anonymous 7 months ago
Quite a story. I worried for the characters. They were alive for me.
Anonymous 7 months 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 11 months ago
An okay read but not surprising that the initial intentions were screenplay. The horrors of the story were genuine and heartbreaking. Some of the other parts were too obviously exaggerated. But overall not too bad.
Anonymous 11 months ago
cloggiedownunder 11 months ago
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the first novel by Australian author, Heather Morris. At the age of twenty-five, Ludwig (Lale) Eisenberg, a Slovakian Jew, was transported to Auschwitz. He was tattooed with the number 32407. He was transferred 4km down the road to Birkenau (Auschwitz II) where, possibly due to his multi-lingual knowledge, his grooming and his demeanour, he was assigned to help Pepan, the man who tattooed the arm of each Jew entering the camp. In July of 1942, he was re-tattooing numbers on Jewesses being moved to Birkenau from Auschwitz when he met seventeen-year-old Gisela (Gita) Fuhrmannova. He knew her only by her number, 34902, although he eventually enticed her given name from her. He soon realised he was in love, and he was determined to survive this horrendous experience so that he could live a free life with his beloved Gita. Being the Tatowierer afforded him some privileges (more food, better accommodation, no hard labour and free passage around the camp), and Lale used it to advantage. But not just for himself. He was resourceful, and managed to feed some of the starving and get better conditions for a few. He saved lives, even while around him death was common, cruel and copious. On many occasions, his actions put him in danger, and his survival against considerable odds had one SS officer asking if he was a cat. Morris’s novel is based on a true story, and the way she was given the facts to transform into this story, related in the Author’s note, make an interesting footnote. Also included are some photos of the couple and an Afterword by Lale and Gita’s only son, Gary. The basic facts of their lives are given in the Additional Information section, along with a map of Birkenau. Despite the cruelty and suffering, this is a tale of hope and love: a moving and uplifting read. With thanks to Bonnier Publishing for this copy to read and review.
booklover6460 3 hours ago
This was a very moving story about the Holocaust. I have read many books about this horrendous time in history, bu it was difficult to see things from the viewpoint of the person who was chosen to serve as the tattooer of the individuals who were forced to exist in the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps. Lale's gift of being able to speak many languages allowed him to "enjoy a better life" in the camp. The author does a good job of telling Lale and Gita's stories, allowing a glimpse into the strength they possessed and how they were determined to survive the atrocities many experienced during Hitler's reign of terror. I was touched and my heart ached many times as I became entranced in their story. I would encourage everyone to read the acknowledgments, the author's notes, etc. at the end of the book. This insight will be very inspirational.
Anonymous 7 days ago
I spent my teenage years upto my early 30's in Germany and am of German descent. The atrocities of the nazi regime are always present, but it still never fails to shock me with it's horror. That people survived, and loved is incredible. I read this book in one day and recommend that you read it and remember.
QCookies 8 days ago
Wonderful read. Lale and Gita's story is moving. What a wonderful perspective on life!