The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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
Characteristics: 262, 11 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Call Number: MORRIS, H


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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.

The story of Lale Sokolov. When the Nazis discovered that he could speak several languages, he became the person to tattoo the numerical legacies of all who entered Auschwitz and ended up saving many of them.

DCLadults Nov 02, 2018

A New & Noteworthy Best of 2018 pick. Read this international bestseller of hope and courage based on a true story. Moving, compelling and uplifting.

Based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—a love story in the midst of atrocity.

Beatricksy Nov 14, 2018

This was originally written as a screenplay, according to the author notes. You can tell. The prose built around the dialogue is often clumsy and reads like a transcript. Sentences are abrupt, and I'm *told* emotions more often than not. Sure, I can extrapolate inflection from the scenario and co... Read More »

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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.

Jul 17, 2019

Even if most were true or fact-based, I found the conformist (survival instinct, charity or humanity in adversity) overtone is a cliche, and was affected little by Lale's personal romance in an extreme circumstance. However I was more intrigued by his hiatus with Russian Army ... after his escape the prison, but before his reunion with Gita.
Lali/Lale still appears to be an interesting character, I'd hope him to be re-written with more textured and nuanced shadow revealed in light of true wisdom.

A heart-breaking story - difficult to read but one everyone should read. Lale, the tattooist, never stops helping others and ends up with the one he loves.

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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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