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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Dec 10, 2018

This book, after I started it, is one I could not put down and finished it in the space of approximately a week. It just kept me reading and reading because I really wanted to find out how it ended. I highly recommend it.

Dec 05, 2018

A nice story. Not too in depth, perhaps a Pollyanna version of Auschwitz with glimpses of the terror that occurred. More of a love story. Predictable. Easy to read. Would be suitable for older children and teens.

Nov 29, 2018

2.5 stars - No depth; interesting, but not a page turner.

Nov 20, 2018

Lale was fluent in several different languages but the story never explained how he came to learn them. That might have made an interesting story as well.

Beatricksy Nov 14, 2018

This was originally written as a screenplay, according to the author notes. You can tell. The prose built around the dialogue is often clumsy and reads like a transcript. Sentences are abrupt, and I'm *told* emotions more often than not. Sure, I can extrapolate inflection from the scenario and context, but the book sure isn't going to give it to me on its own writing merit. It's much more like a loose nonfiction--rather what I would assume the first pass draft of a biography would look like. Scenes are brief, often taking only a few paragraphs before we're on to the next one, so that little feels fully developed. Characters appear and disappear but never feel more than flat figures going through the plot. Tension is built purely on scenario and circumstance, not because the book has any true quality or skill associated with it. This would work better as a script since you crave actors, costumes, and music to really make the lines shine--cos the book isn't doing it on its own.

KCLSQueennie Nov 13, 2018

A heartbreaking and powerful novel of what life was like for Jewish tattooweirer, Lale Sokolov, in the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This is a book I will not soon forget. Reading the epilogue and the author's note at the end gave me a greater appreciation of the years of work author Heather Morris put in creating her novel.

DCLadults Nov 02, 2018

A New & Noteworthy pick. Read this international bestseller of hope and courage based on a true story. Moving, compelling and uplifting.

Nov 01, 2018

A true story of holocaust survivor as told to the author.

Nicely written throughout, making it an easy read.

Highly recommend.

Greene_SusanJ Oct 25, 2018

I couldnt put it down either. A love story so beautiful that it's hard to believe it's real. But it is! Can't wait to see the movie.

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.

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