Plot outline: 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.
My Review: I don’t know where to start with this review! I finished reading this book a few days ago, and it completely turned my world around. Before I started this book, I had the impression that it would be similar to ‘The Boy in The Stripped Pyjama’s’, but I was wrong. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a true story of two people who feel in love during one of the most horrific and heart retching times, written by heather Morris, who worked with Lale (the Tattooist) to share his story, on how he and Gita feel in love.
As you go through the book and read about the horrific sights and events that the prisoners of Auschwitz go through, it is hard to believe that at the same time two people could fight for the right to love each other. I truly believe this will be the next love story, that will live forever.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book!
My Rating: 4*
- Genre: Historical romance
- Publishers: Zaffre
- Approximate Page Numbers: 320
- ISBN Number: 978-1785763670
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