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The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
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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... show more
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.
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Format: Audio CD
ISBN: 9781489423641 (1489423648)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Edition language: English
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Mary's Books
Mary's Books rated it
5.0 The Tattoist of Auschwitz
I will apologize as this is the first of several posts, catching up on the books I recently finished. I finished this yesterday. I had to listen to this story when I was alone. Alone, because my husband doesn't enjoy these types of books (he likes biographies on famous men or quirky cozy mysteries) ...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
2.0
It isn’t that surprising to discover that this novel was adapted from the screenplay that the author wrote first. It almost reads like a screenplay. It is almost a series of scenes. There is more dialogue than description. It isn’t that I don’t think the story of Lale and Gita should not be told. Al...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 Incredible tale of love that begins in Auschwitz!
The Tattooist of Auschwitz- Heather Morris, author; Richard Armitage, narrator. This novel tells the story of Ludwig Eisenberg and Gisela Fuhrmannova. Essentially, it is a love story that defied the odds as it took place in the most unusual of places. Ludwig was known as Lale. In 1942, he was a pris...
My Never Ending List
My Never Ending List rated it
4.5 The Tattooist of Auschwitz
They stood in a line for it was their only means of escape. Those that didn’t make the line, their fate was sealed. There were rules for those who stood in line and rules for those who processed these selected few. The room was quiet as these individuals stood waiting for their turn in front of the ...
Dem
Dem rated it
3.0 The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The power of Love. The Tattooist of Auscwitz is a love story that has stood the test of time and a book that portrays one mans determination to survive against the oddsThis is the true story of Lale Sokolov the tattooist of Auschwitz and how found love in the concentration camp. The book is well wr...
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