The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

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

I am a Native of New Zealand now resident in Australia, working in a large public hospital in Melbourne. For several years I studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an academy award winning Screenwriter in the U.S. In 2003, I was introduced to an elderly gentleman "who might just have a story worth telling". The day I met Lale Sokolov changed my life, as our friendship grew and


    The Tattooist of Auschwitz Reviews

  • Debra

    I'll never hear Yiddish again....I'll never go to the German Consulate with her again...I’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...

  • abby

    There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Holocaust fiction books in the English language alone. This is not the one to read.This kind of book is hard to rate. It's based on the true story of Lale Soko...

  • 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

    ”Based on an incredible true story” 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...

  • Bookdragon Sean

    This is an incredible book with a story that demands to be heard. The year is 2018 and it gladdens me that books like this are still being written. It’s important that we never forget Auschwitz an...

  • 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...

  • jessica

    what a comfort it is to know that, even in the most desperate and tragically unfathomable of circumstances, love and hope are possible and can be found. this was a truly touching story about lale and ...