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

2018 . History, Historical Fiction, Biography . Heather Morris

8.9

Everyone

About the book

4.3/5.0

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.

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Year:

2018

Language:

English

Publisher:

Harper

Pages:

262

ISBN:

006287067X (ISBN13: 9780062870674)

Reviews

Morten V Schroeder

2 weeks ago

8

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!

Annie Spencer

2 weeks ago

10

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

Cecile Taylor

1 month ago

10

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.

elliej707

1 month ago

10

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

Julie Boesen

2 months ago

10

En virkelig rørende fortælling. Bestemt en anbefaling.

Anne Sophie Helvind

2 months ago

8

Virkelig god. Jeg lyttede til den på Mofibo.

Dallin Wardrop

2 months ago

10

Life altering

Maria Llamas

4 months ago

9

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

Markus Marañon Straarup

4 months ago

10

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

Chlo Brown

5 months ago

8

Brilliant book, couldn’t put it down!

Connor Moon

5 months ago

10

One of my favourite books of all time

Suzanne Collins

6 days ago

8

Zoë Beckwith

1 week ago

7

Porsha Williams

2 weeks ago

6

Trine Hagen

3 weeks ago

9