The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

By Heather Morris

  • Release Date: 2018-09-04
  • Genre: Historical
  • Size: 5.95 MB
Score: 4.5
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The #1 International Bestseller & New York Times Bestseller

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.


  • A true love story

    By shy2312
    I could not put this book down! After three days of reading start to finish I learned that love can over come some of life’s most difficult obstacles. I also learned a little more about what life was like during that time which made me cry for the pain they suffered. But made me feel joy as well when they were happy! I highly recommend this book to anyone.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By owensammy
    Loved this book. Would recommend to anyone. It had my attention from the first chapter and I fell in love with Lale and Gita.
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    By Ally Alarakhia
    A great read. A touching story which proves the desire to live and love can overcome all obstacles.
  • Compelling tragic and incredible

    By Stuffete
    I wasn’t sure what to expect, only that everyone raves about this book. I found myself unable to put it down. From start to finish heather really captures the heart and soul of that period in history covered in so much despair and heartache.