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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

A Novel

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The #1 International Bestseller & New York Times Bestseller

This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.

“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”—Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project

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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 30, 2018 – Based on a true story, Morris's debut fictionalizes the romance between two concentration camp prisoners during WWII. In 1942, Lale, a Slovakian Jew, is given the position of tattooist, tasked with numbering the arm of every new inmate who enters Auschwitz-Birkenau. He uses his position to procure black market items, which he trades away in return for favors. One day, he tattoos the arm of a young woman named Gita and promptly falls in love with her. They begin meeting on Sundays, the only day of rest in the camps. He vows to Gita that he will marry her when they are freed, a boast that Gita is dubious of but nevertheless clings to. Lale even becomes something of a guardian angel to Gita, providing her with penicillin when she contracts typhus. Separated at the end of the war by the fleeing SS, Lale and Gita set out to find one another again in postwar Europe. To many, this book will be most appreciated for its powerful evocation of the everyday horrors of life as a prisoner in a concentration camp, while others will be heartened by the novel's message of how true love can transcend even the most hellishly inhuman environments. This is a perfect novel for book clubs and readers of historical fiction.

Customer Reviews

5 Stars

This amazing book shared many details that i didn’t know about Auschwitz concentration camp. It was a miracle that Lale and Gita were able to communicate there and find each other after the war. Lale’s tenacity and street smarts helped many survive one of the worst camps in history. His honesty about his faith being shaken was sad but understandable. Gita’s deep faith kept her and many alive. But it was Lale’s unselfish love for his cellmates, the gypsies and children in the camp that kept him going. He was a hero on many levels and his acts of kindness ignited the human spirit around him. Disturbing but beautiful love story that validates good over evil in the end! 😊

The Tatooist of Auschwitz

This book was unbelievable. Everyone should read it!!!

Great book

This book was greatly written for such a sensitive time in history. It is truly amazing to see what a human can endure through years of terrible experiences. I could not even imagine living in a time where I fear death day by day. What drew me to this book is Lale’s story and his determination to stay alive since the beginning. When he met Gita and fell in love with her that was something he fought harder for to stay alive. It is truly amazing the places where you can fall in love. This book is a must read!!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Sep 04, 2018
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
  • Seller: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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