The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival—literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught, he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.

There have been many books about the Holocaust—and there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov's incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners, and he was determined to survive—not just to survive but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is also—almost unbelievably—a love story. 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 determined not only to survive himself but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story—their story—will make you weep, but you will also find it uplifting. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.

Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the war. They eventually made their way to Australia, where they raised a son and had a successful life. But when Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden of their past alone. He chose to tell his story. Publisher's Summary

Title:The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781760403171
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About Heather Morris

Heather was born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand, educated at Pirongia Primary School and Te Awamutu College.


    The Tattooist of Auschwitz Reviews

  • Debra

    I'll never hear Yiddish again....I'll never go to the German Consulate with her again...Iโ€™m gutted reading this book. To some I have shared that my family's "MA" was in Auschwitz (everyone called he...

  • Miriam Smith

    Considering "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" is a harrowing true story, it was truly compelling and utterly unputdownable. It's without a doubt one of only a few books that will stay with me a very long t...

  • Angela M

    Right after I started reading this book there was a story on the local news about a new exhibit at the Jewish Community Center in our area. The exhibit highlights the Holocaust survivors from this are...

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    4.5 stars!!This is a historical fiction novel based on a true story. Lale Sokolov tells his story based on true events. He became the main tattooist of Aushwitz and falls in love at first sight with G...

  • Fran

    The German government needed workers for their labor camps. In 1942, all families in Slovakia were ordered to provide a child eighteen or older for work detail or risk having the entire family sent to...

  • Cheri

    โ€Based on an incredible true storyโ€ as this states on the cover, this is the story of Lale Sokolov and Gita, the woman who he meets at Auschwitz, both prisoners there. At first Lale is working o...

  • Diane S ?

    Reviewing a novel about the Holocaust on Holocaust Remembrance day seems both apropos, and a great responsibility. Never forget! As long as there are people who need to tell! Their stories, I will con...

  • Elyse

    Audiobook....narrated by Richard Armitage....( done well):Survivors guilt....... a lifetime traumatic tattoo for a tattoo artist.....Incapable of being apprehended by the mind of the senses. Stories t...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister

    4 utterly unforgettable stars to The Tattooist of Auschwitz ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ This is the story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian prisoners at Auschwitz who fell in love and all the risks and ...

  • Brenda - Traveling Sister

    I was lost in the all my heart and soul lush coulee with eight of my Traveling Sisters reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz.The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a compelling and unforgettable story of hope and...