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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Jun 12, 2019

Recent comments reflect the historical inaccuracy and rudimentary quality of writing in this novel, which the author and publisher present as being a work of historical fiction. It is not accurate and should be taken as a novel in which the author took a fiction writer's imaginative license with a real person's story. For details of the discrepancies, you may refer to this review in The Guardian newspaper:

If the book were to be re-issued with an honest preface and the inacurracies corrected (penicillin was not available during the second world war--anywhere--not to mention in a rural Polish village), it could be considered an interesting first novel. Dr. Josef Mengele, in spite of the horrors he perpetrated upon twins and people with disabilities, never castrated men. The author and her fact checkers were not diligent. The book is misleading.

Jun 07, 2019

Wasn't especially well-written...I found out later the author is a screenwriter and this was her first novel. Well, it showed. The writing was terse in an awkward, almost childish way. She also took a lot of liberties with her imagination, according to actual historians of Auschwitz who have slammed this book for its inaccuracies. The way the love story unfolded didn't especially move me either. The subject matter could've been handled so much better.

May 26, 2019

Awful, irresponsible book. So much is so unbelievable! Some of the scenes were written as if the characters were at summer camp with guns, not in a concentration camp. How many times did Lale sneak out of his room? How many times were the SS looking away? He was able to sneak jewelry and precious gems into his room? The women were able to chat, gossip, and giggle?! I am baffled that this was published. It’s atrocious and irresponsible.

May 18, 2019

This story is so important, and could have been so beautifully told. Morris just wasn't the one who should have written this book. Very surface level and didn't engage me nearly the way it could have.

Apr 29, 2019

What would you do to survive the Holocaust? Atrocities are everywhere. Most of us wouldn't have survived. And, I think this is the point of the book. Lale and Gita Sokolov weren't perfect people, but they DID survive. They married. They had a son Gary. We can question Lale's ethics, but we can't question his overwhelming desire to see everyone he knew survive the horrors of Nazi Germany.

ArapahoeKatieK Apr 24, 2019

A heartwarming story about love in the unlikeliest of places and how that love survived. Based on the lives of actual Holocaust survivors, it gives us a peek into what life was like in the camps. Definitely worth a read.

Apr 22, 2019

The story held my interest and, in truth, I couldn't put it down. However, the writing is terrible. It's a poor adaptation of a screenplay. And why does Lale Sokolov's story need to be fictionalized? This book is on par with what I consider to be a disturbing trend in Holocaust-related literature: sexy and romaticized works aimed at younger readers. To reference John Boyne, if you're going to write about the Holocaust, you better have something to say. Morris adds nothing to this genre. The story is meant to suck you in and make money.

Apr 20, 2019

In the main, this ws a badly written book and the last five pages or so were the worst-as if the author got bored and wanted to be done with it.

Apr 02, 2019

I have never seen a Prologue where the author actually copied and pasted part of her book and stuck it at the beginning. This was a strong indication of what type of writing would lay ahead. The author also used crude terms that were unnecessary and distracted from the overall story. Her writing seemed disjointed and the narrative did not naturally build; rather, it slammed the reader with the horror from the first moments of the first pages. I suppose that could be because the author was getting her information second-hand from Lale. Perhaps the details of the story came out quite disjointed because of all of the years that passed since his experiences. I also found it hard to believe that so much dealing went on in the story with chocolates and jewels, but it could have happened that way. I was also disappointed that the hero was not an honest man of virtue, he was simply someone who fell in love during the holocaust. Having said all of that, I did believe in the love between him and Gita and I did appreciate the ending. I just think there are a lot more virtuous stories out there about Hitler's regime, such as The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

Mar 29, 2019

Well written story that does need to be told. This true story is brought to life so that you can experience the thoughts and horror of the victims in the story and see survival.

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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 02, 2019

...choosing to live is an act of defiance, a form of heroism.

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