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The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved.
Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies’ man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of Tätowierer – the tattooist – to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance.
His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good.
This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz- Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable.
‘Extraordinary – moving, confronting and uplifting... a story about the extremes of human behaviour: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I recommend it unreservedly’—GRAEME SIMSION
‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz has the quality of a dark fairytale. It is both simple and epic, shot through with compassion and love… Everyone should read it’—HUGH RIMINTON
‘An extraordinary story of a single and singular life and its great love’—ASHLEY HAY
Brilliantly written, I found my myself easily drawn into the book.
Different style of writing (possibly because it was aimed at a screenplay originally) which I didn't overly enjoy but such a compelling story and from an 'insider / outsider' at that. Challenging setting from the survival element that comes with the main character's choices. Amazing that the story has now been shared.
Great book but so sad 😭 for so many
Not recommended for all people
Interesting book for people into history.
Fascinating true story
Thank you for sharing such a remarkable true story.
Well written and captivating. Cannot begin to comprehend the suffering that took place.
Despite the dire context of this true story, the silver lining of the dark cloud for the main character is gripping and poignant. A love story is at the heart of this novel and without it the outcomes for the two main characters may have been very different.
This book has taken the number one spot on my favourite books list. I read it two days as I could not put it down, completely captivated. The story of Lale and Gita and those around them is one that every one needs to know. Heather Morris has done an absolutely brilliant job. I couldn't recommend this book enough.
Pulled at the heartstrings
This is a powerful story. Knowing that it is based on years of interviews conducted by the author Heather Morris with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov makes the story even more powerful. Although sad and confronting it really shows the ability of the human spirit even in the toughest of times. I couldn't put this book down, sometimes reading along in horror knowing what actually happened to those poor people but then also following the journey or Lale and Gita hoping for a happy outcome to their tragic story.
What an amazing read.
When i first started reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz I couldn't quite believe what i was reading....it was so different to what i was expecting....what an amazing man Lale was, to do what he did for those around him, and to get a way with it for so long....I so enjoyed reading it....I only wish i could have met him.
Recommended Good Read
Found this novel an interesting and respectful recording of the plight of Jewish people WW11
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz
ISBN: 9781760403171 ISBN-10: 1760403172 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 288 Published: 1st February 2018 Publisher: Bonnier Echo Country of Publication: AU