The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"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 more than 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"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2018]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062870674
Branch Call Number: FICTION Morris Heather 09/2018
Characteristics: 262, 11 pages :,illustrations, map ;,24 cm


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Sep 14, 2019

Engaging easy read

Sep 01, 2019

It was a tragic story told beautifully.

Aug 26, 2019

Great story

Jul 30, 2019

A love story that formed at one of the most horrific places in the world - the concentration camp of Auschwitz during WW2. I wasn't even aware that love was remotely possible at a concentration camp. I thought the book was well written and perhaps my low(er) rating is only because I have read too many WW2 books as of late.

Jul 17, 2019

Even if most were true or fact-based, I found the conformist (survival instinct, charity or humanity in adversity) overtone is a cliche, and was affected little by Lale's personal romance in an extreme circumstance. However I was more intrigued by his hiatus with Russian Army ... after his escape the prison, but before his reunion with Gita.
Lali/Lale still appears to be an interesting character, I'd hope him to be re-written with more textured and nuanced shadow revealed in light of true wisdom.

A heart-breaking story - difficult to read but one everyone should read. Lale, the tattooist, never stops helping others and ends up with the one he loves.

Jul 10, 2019

Finally finished it. Took a long while as the writing style is jarring. No book, fiction or otherwise involving the Holocaust is an easy read but after I was done and learned of all the inaccuracies, was very disappointed. Why didn't Ms Morris write it as a biography?? I would love to know more about this couple but don't believe half of what happened in the book to be true. Unfortunate loss of a great opportunity to tell their story. Doubly sad to hear that the correct spelling of his name wasn't even used! I hope their son will write his own real version.

Jul 03, 2019

Tough subject matter but easy read if that makes any sense. Could not put it down because I connected with the character’s humanity. Appalled with branding people he tried to make amends in whatever way he could by bartering for food, by risking his own life. Sad story. Well worth the read.

Jun 26, 2019

Not historically accurate but it is still a very powerful read. I don’t like reading books and I finished this in 2 days.

Jun 22, 2019

Heartbreaking, of course... Great story of finding a reason to stay alive. If only the facts were researched. The probability of the interactions between the two main characters and the events of the story happening as written were as likely as that of surviving Auschwitz... If you are going to write about the Holocaust, do it honorably. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 02, 2019

...choosing to live is an act of defiance, a form of heroism.


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