The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Book - 2018
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This novel is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews, who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.
Publisher: London :, Zaffre,, 2018
Description: 275 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781785763649
Branch Call Number: Morr


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Apr 04, 2021

Amazing read! I chose to read this for a school assignment. We had a month to complete it. I ended up enjoying it so much that it was done in 2 days flat. Highly recommend for someone who wants a combination of historical fiction, romance, and a book that is hard to put down.

Mar 23, 2021

Heartbreaking, of course... Great story of finding a reason to stay alive. If only the facts were researched. The probability of the interactions between the two main characters and the events of the story happening as written were as likely as that of surviving Auschwitz... If you are going to write about the Holocaust, do it honorably. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jan 19, 2021

Holocaust Lit. Good read.

Jan 06, 2021

Although this is supposed to be based on a true story, I find some parts of it difficult to believe. Lale definitely had nine lives.

Dec 17, 2020

Recommended by a Friend who loved the book and told me it was based a true story. When I opened the cover there was a note that informs the reader that this book is fiction and that any references made to real people, Events, Establishments, Organizations or Locales are intended only to provide a sense of authenticity and are used fictitiously. All other characters and all incidents and dialogue are drawn from the authors imagination and are not to be construed as real. After reading this excerpt it made me question just how much was true. Is this a good book? Yes. Can I get over the fact that there are probably many parts in this book that are fictitious? Maybe.

Dec 09, 2020

A powerful, horrific, and moving novel based on a true story. A love story. A story about the horrors of Nazi Germany and the concentration camps that dehumanized so many. A story about man's cruelty to man, and also a story about compassion, about one extraordinary man who shared what little he had with others so that they might also survive to live another day. A must read so that atrocities like this never happen again.

FPL_RachaelN Dec 08, 2020

A must read for all Historical Fiction readers! The true events to this novel increase the intensity of the read.

Nov 24, 2020

Tough to read but a beautiful story of love and survival. The fact that it was based on a true story was even better. The author's notes and prologue made the book even richer. I recommend it.

Oct 06, 2020

The book was read in no time, couldn't put it down. Frankly, the simple way it's written somewhat takes the edge of all the horrors of the concentration camp it tells about otherwise it'd be a very uneasy read. Definite must read for many many more generations to come, so nobody forgets the most humiliated time in history.

Sep 01, 2020

Read this book in just 3 day’s. I couldn’t put it down. I really thought that this book may be hard to read due to the fact of where it takes place. But thankfully not many details of the inhumanity were shared. This book was more love story than anything else. It’s absolutely incredible what these two characters go through. What’s even more incredible, is that it’s based on a true story.

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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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