The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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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: F MORRIS
Characteristics: 262 pages, 11 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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Oct 22, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although the setting and plot was very sad. Based on the life of the true tattooist of Auschwitz. Well worth the time.

Oct 18, 2019

This was a great book. Heather Morris wrote a poignant book of survival and love. Parts of the story are difficult to read but necessary to show the true horror of the holocaust. It is important to know the hard truths of history as to not repeat it. This should be required reading for students. God bless Lale and Gita and all survivors everywhere.

AnnabelleLee27 Oct 03, 2019

An inspiring novel based on a true story of how love can arise in even the most grim of circumstances and how it can sustain survival. The storytelling is direct, sparse, and uncomplicated.

Sep 26, 2019

Absolutely excellent book, based on actual events.

ArapahoeSarahH Sep 18, 2019

Read in one sitting, as I had to find out what happened to Lale and Gita. This is yet another account of the horrors of WWII, but also sheds light on the beauty, resourcefulness and humanity that continued even in such a place and time.

Sep 17, 2019

Read at one sitting as the author's writing style, characters and story was so enjoyable

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.

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Sep 25, 2019

"They are holding something that is absolutely forbidden in Auschwitz. These items, so dangerous that their mere possession is a death sentence, cannot be fired, nor do they have a sharp point, a blade, or a heavy end. These items, which the relentless guards of the Reich fear so much, are nothing more than books: old, unbound, with missing pages, and in tatters."

ArapahoeMaryA Jan 02, 2019

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


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Oct 03, 2019

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