The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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 tatawierer (the german word for tattoist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.Imprisoned for more than 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 prisoneres alive. One day in july 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattoed onto her arm. Her mame is Gita and t=in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her. A vivid, harrowing and ultimately hpefl re-creation of Lale Sokolov`s experiences as th man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, the tattoist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780062870674
Characteristics: 262, 11 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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lindemuldercr
Apr 26, 2021

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SR806
Apr 23, 2021

Holocaust literature is very interesting to me. Even though this was a novel, it was based on a true story about Lale and Gita and their time in imprisonment. I'm glad I read it.

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aliya07
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.

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maipenrai
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

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0424pat
Jan 19, 2021

Holocaust Lit. Good read.

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Zoelexi777
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.

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Kmum1
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.

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WritingChick65
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.

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t_lynschm77
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.

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allysunsun24
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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