The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

By Heather Morris

  • Release Date: 2018-01-11
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 5
5
From 1,286 Ratings

Description

For readers of Schindler's List, The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes a heart-breaking story of the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.

I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

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 was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too.

So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.

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'Extraordinary - moving, confronting and uplifting . . . I recommend it unreservedly' Greame Simsion

'A moving and ultimately uplifting story of love, loyalties and friendship amidst the horrors of war . . . It's a triumph.' Jill Mansell

'A sincere . . . moving attempt to speak the unspeakable' Sunday Times

Reviews

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    5
    By Gidge-s
    Wonderful read. Only took me two days. Totally humbled and so very glad to have read it. Thank you, Heather, for writing it x
  • Should be a mandatory read for everyone

    5
    By Shan71421234669
    When learning about this atrocity at school it always seemed like a horror story that couldn’t possibly be true, but this book really helps to sink in just how true it all was. This book really touched my heart and I feel that I will always carry a piece of Lale with me, it’s one of those books you will never forget. The day I finished this book I booked a trip to Auschwitz to see it all for myself and it was the best yet worst trip of my life, so educational yet so devastating. I will recommend this book to everyone I can, these personal stories need to be heard.
  • Great read!

    5
    By ccibooks
    A really moving and captivating story. Beautifully written.
  • A moving story of love and persecution.

    5
    By pjbexplorer
    I have fallen in love with Lale and Gita and so will anyone who reads this moving and wonderful book. Thank you for bringing it to the world.
  • Great

    5
    By ConorB94
    Fantastic read, amazing story from start to finish I couldn’t put this book down. I love how lale can always see the good in things even when they’re going so so bad
  • Enchanting

    5
    By Miga9
    This book was the best book I have read in 2018 what a story of finding love in the worst environment it's a must read couldn't put it down
  • Emotional But Brilliant!

    5
    By Deano1721
    I am not a big reader in truth, but this book caught my eye. I have always wanted to know more about what happened during the Holocaust and this book gives a genuine insight. Great read and well done to the author for sticking with it, it must have been very difficult to go on listening to Lale tell you of the horrors he endured.
  • Unputdownable

    5
    By SophieDoodleDoo
    Such an amazing but sad story. A must read!
  • Loved this book..

    4
    By Ninwah
    Humbling story, and respectfully written. I wanted to know more about what had happened to their families.
  • A Rollercoaster of Emotions

    5
    By Uchiha-Fan-2011
    These experiences and this beautiful story had me gripped, and within the span of a day I had finished devouring Lale and Gita’s amazing tale of survival, love and unbelievable trauma. That we were ever capable of treating other human beings like this is unfathomable, and that these wonderful people survived and found each other again makes my heart swell. I have cried with Lale, felt his dread and horror, prayed for him to find Gita, and laughed with glee at their ending. I cannot thank him enough for reliving those awful experiences so that I could read them, and learn from them. I will think of this book for a very long time.