The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart. In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too. So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.
Publisher: Richmond, Victoria : 2018. Echo,
ISBN: 9781760403171
Branch Call Number: AF MORR


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Oct 07, 2018

A wonderful book, full of contrast. Sorrow and joy, surrender and endurance, hate and love, despair and hope. I wish the ending was not so rushed, I felt like this story could have been fleshed out a bit more. I loved it, and imagine it will be a film in the near future.

d2013 Oct 01, 2018

Incredible moving story based on true events... couldn't put it down!

BostonPL_KirstenD Sep 27, 2018

Heather Morris has created a deeply moving, fictionalized account of Holocaust survivor Lale Sokolov's time as the tattooist responsible for branding his fellow prisoners with identification numbers. The narrative is compelling, presenting a unique look at the horrors of the concentration camps. Tattooist of Auschwitz was initially written as a screenplay before Morris decided to turn it into a novel. Unfortunately, I feel that it would have worked better in screenplay format. Morris is a screenwriter, and it shows: the novel is very dialogue-heavy and the prose is somewhat lackluster. In spite of my misgivings about the quality of the writing, I feel privileged to have read Lale's story. It needed to be told, and if nothing else, I believe that Morris effectively communicated the truth of what she learned from her multiple interviews and friendship with Lale.

OPL_KrisC Sep 26, 2018

A very moving account of Lale Sokolov who was the tattooist at Auschwitz-Birkenau. I found this book read very quickly and I liked the addition of the photos at the end.

Sep 19, 2018

4.5 stars. Really a wonderful book. In some ways beautifully simplistic in its telling of a very comprehensive story with a lot of love and hope among the tragedy.

Sep 08, 2018

Wow! What a page-turner! I read this book in one sitting, and was really impressed with how the author managed to convey the worries, fears, and motivations of the characters as we followed them through their experiences in Auschwitz and elsewhere during WWII. This did not seem to me to be an overly heavy book, as I raced through it, but I was still struck by the terrifying and awful surroundings Lale, Gita, and their fellow prisoners had to endure.

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