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The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #1)

2018 . Historical Fiction, History, Biography . Heather Morris

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Everyone

About the book

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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. 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.

Year:

2018

Language:

English

Publisher:

Harper

Pages:

262

ISBN:

006287067X (ISBN13: 9780062870674)

Reviews

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Rickie Retchin Straarup

1 month ago

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The true story of a man, a jew, who is given the job of tattooing the prisoners in order to save his own life. He helps other prisoners which balances his guilt for what he is doing. In the midst of the brutality he finds love. His strong will for survival brings him and his love through the terror they must live with everyday. I enjoyed the book although I agree with Morten that the writing was not the best and the end came and went very quickly.

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New York Times Best Sellers image

1 month ago

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A concentration camp detainee tasked with permanently marking fellow prisoners falls in love with one of them.

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Morten V Schroeder image

3 months ago

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I’m a little torn about this one! It’s an amazing story and the fact that this really happened just continued to blow my mind for every page I read. It’s incomprehensible that this type of cruelty existed and unfortunately still does. On the other hand, it is the sole fact that it’s a true story that drew me in. I didn’t actually find the writing particularly great and especially some of the romantic scenes too much (maybe just me). So with that in mind I felt the book could have been better. I especially felt it lacked historical input. I would have preferred if the author had spent more time researching not just his story but also intertwined historical facts about the camp, about Germany, etc. Finally, the end felt very rushed! Maybe I’m being a bit harsh. It is a fantastic book but had expected more!

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Annie Spencer

3 months ago

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Devastating and mesmerising book everyone should read, depicting the daily life in Auschwitz. Couldn’t put it down and read in less than a week, and left with a far deeper appreciation for the life we live now

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Cecile Taylor

3 months ago

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One of my top 3 favourite books of all time. Surprisingly hopeful and heartwarming for such a serious area of history. Was really eye opening to read such a personal true story from within a concentration camp when we usually concentrate on the horrors of its scale, not one specific individual.

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elliej707

3 months ago

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Sad, heartwarming, and gripping, all in one book.

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Julie Boesen

4 months ago

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En virkelig rørende fortælling. Bestemt en anbefaling.

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Anne Sophie Helvind image

4 months ago

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Virkelig god. Jeg lyttede til den på Mofibo.

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Dallin Wardrop

5 months ago

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Life altering

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Maria Llamas

6 months ago

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The story is beautiful. I must say I have mixed feelings when such horrible circumstances are romanticized. Great book

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Markus Marañon Straarup image

6 months ago

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An important book, with an unexpected love story. It is absolutely wonderfully written, emotional, and gripping until the end. It starts out stark and cold, but as you develop a relationship with the characters you become very invested.

2 Comments
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Chlo Brown

7 months ago

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Brilliant book, couldn’t put it down!

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Connor Moon

8 months ago

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One of my favourite books of all time

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King Kg

4 days ago

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Kata Forray

1 week ago

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