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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

2018 . Fiction, Historical, Jewish, Cultural Heritage . Heather Morris

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About the book

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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.

Year:

2018

Language:

English

Publisher:

HarperCollins

Pages:

288

ISBN:

006287067X (ISBN13: 9780062870674)

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Reviews

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Sophie Stewart

4 months ago

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best book ever. you develop a close relationship with the characters from the very beginning which helps the reader become enveloped in the story. its so beautifully wrote, every chapter just flow perfectly to the next which alludes to the didactic message/purpose of the book; those who abuse power will be punished. it also explores the underlying nature of love and its ability to guide people through tough times, in Lale’s case auschwitz, as a reader you can’t help but feel inspired by their motivation and determination to survive. i’m going to read it again but i cried so much last time.

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Cailin Cowley

9 months ago

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Really sad, as you can probably guess from the title, but an unbelievable story about love and human connection.

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Rickie Retchin Straarup

11 months ago

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The true story of a man, a jew, who is given the job of tattooing the prisoners in order to save his own life. He helps other prisoners which balances his guilt for what he is doing. In the midst of the brutality he finds love. His strong will for survival brings him and his love through the terror they must live with everyday. I enjoyed the book although I agree with Morten that the writing was not the best and the end came and went very quickly.

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New York Times Best Sellers image

11 months ago

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A concentration camp detainee tasked with permanently marking fellow prisoners falls in love with one of them.

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

1 year ago

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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!

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Annie Spencer image

1 year ago

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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

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Cecile Taylor

1 year ago

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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.

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Maria Claudia Llamas

1 year ago

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

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Markus Marañon Straarup image

1 year ago

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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.

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

1 year ago

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After so many crazy good reviews I think this will be my next book 👍

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elliej707

1 year ago

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

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Julie Boesen

1 year ago

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En virkelig rørende fortælling. Bestemt en anbefaling.

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Anne Sophie Helvind

1 year ago

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Virkelig god. Jeg lyttede til den på Mofibo.

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Dallin Wardrop

1 year ago

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Life altering

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Chlo Brown

1 year ago

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Brilliant book, couldn’t put it down!

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