The Tattooist of Auschwitz 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 survivalliterally 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.There have been many books about the Holocaustand there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov's incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners, and he was determined to survivenot just to survive but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is alsoalmost unbelievablya love story. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lalea dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancerit was love at first sight, and he determined not only to survive himself but to ensure that Gita did, too. His storytheir storywill make you weep, but you will also find it uplifting. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the war. They eventually made their way to Australia, where they raised a son and had a successful life. But when Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden of their past alone. He chose to tell his story. Publisher's Summary...
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz Reviews
Perfect 5 stars for the The Tattooist of Auschwitz! This book follows the true story of Slovakians Lale and Gita who experienced spending several years in the Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust period. Lale was a linguist; a Jew; prisoner 34902; and was a Tetovierer (tattooist in German) in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Birkenau, Poland.
I'm always fascinated on this darkest period of the history, hence I read books that contains the said theme whenever I have the chance. Reading ...more
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is an incredibly sad story of a young mans experience as a prisoner in the concentration camp during the holocaust. The cruelty and horrors that he went through just to stay alive were heartbreaking. This is a true story and one that will stay with me.
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An interesting tale based on a true story but not really comprehensively told. I enjoyed what was there but there seemed to be so much left out!
Lale was obviously a charming rogue who managed to survive all those years in Auschwitz despite bringing himself to the attention of the authorities repeatedly and in very serious ways. It was amazing that a life long love affair could have begun in such a place and even more amazing that they both survived and found each other again after the war. Obvi ...more
”Based on an incredible true story” as this states on the cover, this is the story of Lale Sokolov and Gita, the woman who he meets at Auschwitz, both prisoners there. At first Lale is working on a roof, and this is what he does for a while until his kapo says he needs a boy to do his bidding, run errands, bring him food and the like. Then fate intervenes somewhat again for Lale when he becomes the tattooist, the Tätowierer for both Auschwitz and Birkenau, a position under the Political Wing t ...more
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a very powerful and emotional read. At times it is overwhelmingly harrowing, yet at the same time there is always a hint of hope.
This is a very emotive story of love and friendship in the most unlikely of places. The horror of human brutality entwined with inspirational acts of bravery and human kindness.
I couldn't put this book down and ended up reading it in one three hour sitting last night. I couldn’t bring myself to stop reading. I felt guilty even thinking ab ...more
4.5 stars! My heart opened up and welcomed Lale in from the first page of this powerful story.
This is a truly unforgettable story of one man’s journey of survival through one of the most horrendous and appalling times in our history – Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz. Lale Sokolov survived the brutal hell known as Auschwitz for over two years where his “job” was to tattoo prisoners with their identifying number. What he endured and witnessed is nothing short of horrific and devastating.
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As with all books about the Holocaust, this one is very grim. It’s based on the real life story of Lale and Gita Sokolov.
For me, the test of a good historical novel is did I learn something I didn’t know before. This book passes the test almost from the beginning. I hadn’t known that initially, the Germans told Jewish families in Slovakia if they offered up one able bodied young male to work for the Germans, the rest of the family would be spared. Those young men were used to build Auschwitz. N ...more
Armas sem Balas
O Holocausto legou-nos um conjunto inestimável de histórias da vida real, que merecem ser lidas!
São testemunhos de humanos como nós que, quando coagidos a explorar limites, revelaram um potencial ilimitado.
Suportaram fome, torturas, espancamentos,... e -- pior que tudo -- um amanhã incógnito.
Numa época de tamanhos horrores, acordar para cada dia, era uma vitória da vida sobre a morte!
São histórias didácticas -- nelas apercebemo-nos da força anímica que há em nós, quando confrontad ...more