Book Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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Author: Heather Morris

Pages: 288

Goodreads Synopsis: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.”

Review:

Well, I think my instagram and goodreads review sums this up. Everyone Go Buy This Story Now. Based on the true story of Lale, I fell in love with him and what he stood for. This is a story like no other that I’ve read about WWII or the Holocaust, it’s about hope in the face of all fear and destruction. It’s about finding love in a place where hate is all you see and it’s about working together and trying to your last breath to see the sun again. Emotional, heartbreaking, breathtaking and unimaginable The Tattooist of Auschwitz will leave a mark on your heart that you will never leave.

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

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