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- Print Length: 249 pages
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (September 4, 2018)
- Publication Date: September 4, 2018
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0756DZ4C1
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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.
“Like the Nobel Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel’s Night, Morris’ work takes us inside the day-to-day workings of the most notorious German death camp. Over the course of three years, Morris interviewed Lale, teasing out his memories and weaving them into her heart-rending narrative of a Jew whose unlikely forced occupation as a tattooist put him in a position to act with kindness and humanity in a place where both were nearly extinct.” (BookPage)
“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the story of hope and survival against incredible odds and the power of love.” (Popsugar)
“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document.. 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)
“What an extraordinary and important book this is. We need as many memories of the Holocaust as we can retain, and this is a moving and ultimately uplifting story of love, loyalties and friendship amidst the horrors of war.” (International bestseller Jill Mansell)
“As many interviews as I did with Holocaust survivors for the Shoah Foundation and as many devastating testimonies as I heard, I could not stop reading THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ—an extraordinary story of love so fierce it sustained people enduring the unimaginable. Read it, share it, remember it.” (Jenna Blum, NYT and international bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Lost Family )
“To many, this book will be most appreciated for its powerful evocation of the everyday horrors of life as a prisoner in a concentration camp, while others will be heartened by the novel’s message of how true love can transcend even the most hellishly inhuman environments. This is a perfect novel for book clubs and readers of historical fiction.” (Publishers Weekly)
“..this is a powerful, gut-wrenching tale that is hard to shake off.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Although one might suspect that there’s far more to his past than is revealed here, much of Lale’s story’s complexity makes it onto the page. And even though it’s clear that Lale will survive, Morris imbues the novel with remarkable suspense.”
I’ll never go to the German Consulate with her again…
I’m gutted reading this book. To some I have shared that my family’s “MA” was in Auschwitz (everyone called her MA – her daughters, her grandchildren, her great grandchildren, her friends, etc.). She used to say “I have lost everything that can ever be lost “and “I have given everything can that ever be given”. She passed away in 2017 at the age of 95. We just had her headstone unveiling. This was probably not the best book for me to read at this time – but then again maybe it was…In the last years of her life, I would go with her to the German Consulate to prove she was still alive, so she could continue receiving her reparation checks. She would get dressed in her best outfit and walk in proudly to announce she was still alive. There used to be a long line of survivors waiting to go in, the last time I went with her, we were the only ones in the waiting room. I used to dread going there with her. It was a production. Days before she would get her hair washed and set, the day of she would get up early and do her makeup and fuss over her outfit. I would always say “why do you dress up to go there?” She would always say “I am proud of who I am.” and tell me not to embarrass her by wearing my “schmata” and would it kill me to put on a little red lipstick. Then she would announce to everyone in the room that I was her granddaughter. Now I will never go again. Last year we had our first Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas without her (I have a half Jewish – half Christian family). There are not many survivors left in the world which is why I am glad that books like this exist.
“To Save one is to save the world.”
This book is based on a true story. I always love books based on true stories. In many ways, I think they are the best kind. I also love the pictures of Lale and Gita Sokolov. Lale told his story over the course of three years to the Author. Lale became the Tatowierer “Tattooist” of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Being the tattooist gives him special perks – more rations, better sleeping conditions, ability to move around the camp more freely. He also was able to exchange the money and prized possessions of those who died in the gas chambers for food and medicine. He was generous and provided for many. He saved lives and I wonder how many survived due to him acquiring medicine and extra food for them.
While giving a tattoo, he meets Gita and feels an instant attraction to her. This book is not only a book about survival during the bleakest of times, it is about triumph of the human spirit, about being pushed to the breaking point but never breaking, about love, about compassion for others, about hope, about losing your faith and about never losing your faith. It also shows brutality, hatred, and evil but what I hope people take away is the compassion, strength, dignity and resilience that Lale and so many others named in this book showed. This book is about a lot of things but mainly one man’s inner strength which allowed him to go on, to never give up, to have compassion for others, who risked his life many times to help others. During the darkest times, there will always be those who shine and Lale Sokolov was one of those.
Like many survivors, Lale and Gita moved around until they found their place in Australia, began a family and lead a happy and successful life. Lale proved to have “nine lives” and I was happy to see that he was able to prosper and be reconnected with Gita after the war.
I thought this book was well written and I was sucked me into Lale’s world. Although there are scenes of violence and murder/killings, they are not incredibly graphic. With any book dealing with the Holocaust, you know it is going to be sad and scenes are going pull at your heartstrings. This one will as well. I think most will really enjoy this book and hopefully learn a few things. For instance, I always thought the tattoos were put on using crude tattoo machines/guns similar to the one used when I got a tattoo. I was wrong. My family member never talked about it. I wonder did Lale give Ma her tattoo? Who knows.?
I think reading the Author’s note at the end of the book is beneficial. Again, there are pictures of Lale and Gita there. It was nice to put faces with the names. When reading books such as this, I think most readers will wonder, could they have survived. I believe most of us will never know what we are capable of until we are placed to the test. God willing, none of us are ever placed to this test.
I received a copy of this book from Bonner Publishing Australia and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This kind of book is hard to rate. It’s based on the true story of Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew who volunteered to go to Auschwitz to save his older brother and, through a combination of true grit and luck, he’s able to survive and even fall in love. Who wants to give the story of a Holocaust survivor just two stars? Isn’t that a bit heartless?
But it’s not subject of the book I’m rating. This book isn’t well written. I wasn’t surprised to learn that Heather Morris is a screenwriter, because she relies heavily on dialogue here and really struggles with prose (although, to be honest, the dialog leaves a lot to be desired, as well). Scenes change in the matter of a sentence, the dialogue often seems only broken with stage directions. There’s no atmospheric build up. There’s no sense of tension or urgency or terror. It was all very one-note. The characters, even Lale himself, are flat and poorly developed. The whole book felt very amateurish, and I cannot recommend it.
I received an advance copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley.
Considering “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” is a harrowing true story, it was truly compelling and utterly unputdownable. It’s without a doubt one of only a few books that will stay with me a very long time, it’s that unforgettable and one that keeps you thinking about the story well after you’ve put it down.
Lale Sokolov is a well dressed, charming ladies’ man – however he is also a Jew. On arrival at Auschwitz in 1942 he immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners who save his life when he takes ill. In the camp he is put to work in the privileged position of the ‘Tatowierer’ – the tattooist – to mark his fellow prisoners as they arrive in camp. One of them is a girl called Gita who captures his heart immediately. Given a reason to survive Lale uses his position for the greater good even through struggles and extreme suffering, with the hope of one day being with Gita forever, outside of the camp.
Although upsetting, saddening and at times quite unimaginable, there is such a beautiful love story at the heart of the tale that you can’t help smiling at. I immediately took to all the real life characters, they were excellently portrayed whether good or bad and could imagine the whole true scenario with such clarity.
The author Heather Morris took several years to write Lale’s story in her book with the input of the main protagonist himself and even becoming a very good friend with him. She has ultimately written a story Lale would be very proud of and which tells of his and Gita’s tale of wanting to be together through one of the worst and sickening periods of our history with the utmost care and consideration. Compassionately written with sensitivity, its emotive, thought provoking, awe inspiring and certainly puts your own everyday problems into perspective.
This book wasn’t as brutal and as hard hitting as some holocaust books I’ve read although equally saddening, therefore I feel this could be read by slightly younger readers without offending or upsetting.
I really can’t recommend this stunning book highly enough, it a definite must read for 2018 and it gets a fantastic 5 stars for a heart wrenching unforgettable read.
Right after I started reading this book there was a story on the local news about a new exhibit at the Jewish Community Center in our area. The exhibit highlights the Holocaust survivors from this area. At kiosks you can click on a name, read a bio but what struck me the most was that you can also see a video of the survivor telling their story. The utmost importance of these stories is reflected at the beginning of this book by author Graeme Simsion: “It reminds us that every one of the unimaginably large number of Holocaust victims was an individual with a unique story….” . It’s really not possible to know what it was like in Auschwitz or the other camps no matter how much we read about the Holocaust, but it is through the stories of the survivors that we can try to understand, even if only a little . Heather Morris has retold the story of Lale Sokolov, a Jewish prisoner at Auschwitz who becomes the camp tattooist and while there finds the love of his life, Gita. This stared out as a screenplay she wrote as Lale told her his story and has been developed into this “novel”.
Lale from the first day he arrives in Auschwitz by cattle car, makes a vow to himself that he would survive this and after falling in love with Gita, he makes a promise to her that they will have a life together when they are out . That he can speak multiple languages saves Lale multiple times as well as connections made with other people imprisoned, with workers from the outside and even a German guard. With jewelry and cash gotten from the women who work in the building where belongings are sorted, Lale with his savvy, his courage and with some luck barters for time with Gita for the price of chocolate, a piece of sausage , a hunk of bread, a diamond or ruby. But he also provides as much food as he can to others. He helps many people along the way putting himself in danger each day as each day he tattoos numbers onto the arms of the new inhabitants. He does seem to have an existence in some ways better than most in the camp and better than when he first arrived until he is caught with the jewels. It is obvious that he survives, so there’s no spoiler here that Lale continues to have the capacity for hope and love that seems impossible as he endures.
This is a story told with love about courage in the face of the horrors of the camps and loss of family, courage sustained by the strength of the human spirit and it’s a love story that I’ll never forget. There is not much more I can say other than what Lale himself tells Morris – that he wanted his story recorded so “It would never happen again.”
I received an advanced copy of this book from Bonnie Zaffre through NetGalley.
This is part of my Goodreads reading challenge for 2019 as the runner up in the “Historical Fiction” category.
It has since been brought to my attention that this isn’t historically accurate but it doesn’t really change my review.
As awful as it sounds, I felt so… detached from the characters. Characters inspired by true events during WWII.
It wasn’t to reflect the detachment of the characters to the events unfolding in an attempt to protect themselves. It was simply not well written.
You would tell me 12yo wrote this I would believe you. The whole book was “this happen, they said that and that happened…”. It was skeleton of a story (it’s only 250 pages!) and knowing now it’s not even accurate, it’s hard to say this would be worth a read.
Skip it, there are so many other amazing WWII books out there!
I recall, as a child, accompanying one or the other of my parents to our family jeweler countless times. It seemed as if some piece always needed to be repaired or purchased for one occasion or another. For my tenth birthday I received a small sapphire and diamond ring which was too large and needed to be resized. One day after school off we went to see Marty and Irv. It was an unseasonably warm fall day and Irv had his shirtsleeves rolled up. When he placed his arm on the glass countertop, I saw the tattooed numbers on his arm for the very first time. I felt, also for the first time, a cold clenching my stomach. That very day, at the age of ten, I had watched Night and Fog as part of my fifth grade curriculum and my physical reaction was the painful shock of recognition. It was disturbing to me that this kind and gentle man had been subjected to and survived the death camps. I was raised to be a polite child so I didn’t say anything but I do remember having a serious conversation with my mother about it on our way home.
This experience, which is still so vivid to me, is one of the many reasons I find it difficult to rate ‘based on true” accounts about the holocaust. What I will say about this book is that it tells a story of hope amid horror. I will also say that the writing is sophomoric. However, I do think this is a book that is well suited for young teens as an introduction to this very dark part of history.
A unsettling but gripping novel, based on the true story of Lale, a Slovakian Jew caught up in the horrors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during WW2. He speaks several languages, so soon finds himself employed in the camp as the tattooist, the man responsible for inscribing prisoners numbers on their arms. He soon meets and falls in love with Gita, a fellow inmate., but can their love survive the horrors of life inside a concentration camp?
This is a beautifully told tale, Heather Morris captures the essence of the camp well. I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau earlier this year and found it to be chilling and disturbing. One can only speculate at the deranged minds of those that caused such suffering. I read through this book it quickly in one sitting, and though it outlines the horrors of war, it shows the strength of the human spirit, and that there is always something to hope for. Highly recommended, this is one that will stay with you for a long time.
About author Heather Morris
In All Ages, Globe Books asks authors to dig deep for memorable books that span their lifetime, from childhood to what’s on their reading list right now.
At first, New-Zealand-born author Heather Morris hadn’t intended on writing a novel. When she first struck up a friendship with an elderly man named Ludwig Sokolov, she had imagined his incredible story as a screenplay. Sokolov was imprisoned at Auschwitz-Birkenau during the Holocaust. The Nazis forced him to be a tattooist responsible for etching to skin numbers that would never fade. When he falls in love with a young woman he has tattooed, he finds a new drive to survive and outlast his dire surroundings. After an option taken out by a film company lapsed, and considering some early feedback, Morris decided to shape Sokolov’s tale into a novel. The result is The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Harper).
Although she came to fiction writing late, Morris has been inspired by books all her life.
What did you read as a kid?
Growing up in the 1950s in rural New Zealand, I was 12 years old before I ever saw television. From a very early age my parents encouraged my brothers and I, when inside, to sit quietly and read a book. The earliest photograph I have found in my parents’ box of old photos of me, has my older brother and I sitting close together reading a book. Of course, big picture books with the old, politically incorrect fairy tales both delighted and terrified me.
So I would have to say at a very young age, I reached for the classic fairy tales with their big bad wolves and scary witches with long noses.
What did you read in grade school?
As I became proficient at reading I was supplied with the Enid Blyton books, in particular The Famous Five. However, my brother was given the Biggles books, which I much preferred. Biggles’s adventures were more daring and dangerous and I wanted the adventures those books had. Yet, funnily enough, when I think back – and this is no easy task here – going back many decades one book jumps out at me as being a favourite I would reach for time and time again – Madeline’s Rescueby Ludwig Bemelmans. I have subsequently learnt it was first published the day after I was born. There – I have told you exactly how old I am. There was something about this young girl who lived in a faraway city who I wanted to be, and yes, getting into trouble was an everyday occurrence for me, too.
I’m seeing a theme here. Scare me and give me adventures, I wanted to take risks but my home environment wasn’t giving them to me. Though my parents would say I often scared them as I escaped with a book – from a house with four noisy brothers – to the hayshed, and constructed a cubby from bales of hay that could have toppled over, as construction was not one of my strong suits.
I know my parents made sacrifices so my brothers and I could have the best and most expensive set of encyclopedias available at the time – Encyclopedia Britannica. My small world was opened up by the stories and pictures of other countries, races, cultures, ways of living and I devoured them all.
What did you read in high school?
At secondary school I still hankered for stories from the other side of the world. I recall going through a time when all I would read were biographies or autobiographies. I needed to know about real people and the exciting lives they were living.
Of course, the standout book for me was Anne Frank’s diary. Little could I know that in 50-something years time I would write a book on the same theme. Having moved on from fairy tales I never reached for fiction as a first option. I couldn’t understand why you would read something made up when there was so much rich, entertaining material based on fact and real experiences.
As I left school, left the confines of a small town and moved to a large city in another country, I finally turned to reading fiction. Hey, I was now out living the dream, having adventures; I was a young woman in the 1960s. Enough said.
What have you read as an adult?
I married a man who shared my love of reading. As young parents struggling with a mortgage, it was to our local library we would go every Saturday. Books for our young son, then books for us, taking turns minding said youngster while the week’s reading was chosen.
However, my bookshelves surrounding me indicate we were still buying plenty of reading material. I can see a large collection of Wilbur Smith stories, one signed by him on a visit to Christchurch, dated 1976. Collections of Sara Paretsky, Peter Mayle, Stieg Larsson, Minette Walters, John Updike and Susan Isaacs compete for space with contemporary writers Lee Child, Paullina Simons (love her stories) and Derek Hanson.
However, if I was to choose one book that I’ve returned to several times recently, it would be Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.
What have you read recently?
If I may be permitted to sing the praises of a young debut novelist, may I encourage you to read Testament by Kim Sherwood.