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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a poignant tale written beautifully.

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This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”—Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project

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 over 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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Format Paperback
ISBN-10 1785763679
ISBN-13 978-1785763670

1 review for The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  1. jheel.kamal38 (verified owner)

    As a part of my #pagesfromlives initiative to read books based on true events and people, I picked up The Tattooist of Auschwitz for the month of February. It was a book I had been looking forward to read since some time and the energy, the raw intensity and the faith of the protagonist, Lale Solokov, was not only captivating but also very real and raw.
    It’s easy to fall in love with all the characters; they are charming and are excellently portrayed. Even amidst so much pain and suffering and bad things happening all around, the story revolves around a beautiful love story. The whole book has an undercurrent of hope and love weaved throughout which makes it unputdownable.
    The story starts when Lale solokov, a Slovakian Jew, is taken into the concentration camp at Auschwitz. He is given the job of a Tätowierer, the person who marks the prisoners who come to the concentration camp. For more than 2 years, he witnesses horrible atrocities to fellow prisoners and tries to help them as well as he can. He falls in love with Gita while tattooing her number and uses his privileged position to import food and medicine from outside and to help keep prisoners alive while vowing to survive the camp himself and marry the love of his life.
    A very vivid and intense read of love, war and humanity; it’s not as hard-hitting and as cruel as other stories of Holocaust but just as hearttouching.
    My rating : 4/5 .

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