The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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 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 freedo...

Details The Tattooist of Auschwitz

TitleThe Tattooist of Auschwitz
Release DateJan 27th, 2018
PublisherBonnier Publishing Australia
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, World War II, Holocaust, War

Reviews The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • Debra
    I'll never hear Yiddish again....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 this year (really in 2017 - I...
  • Miriam Smith
    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 ...
  • Angela M
    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 Sim...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    4.5 stars!!This is a historical fiction novel based on a true story. Lale Sokolov tells his story based on true events. He became the main tattooist of Aushwitz and falls in love at first sight with Gita who he first met tattooing her arm. He tattoos all the new prisoners with their identification numbers. Lale is a Jew. He is on the first transport of men from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942. The concentration camp was very horrifying. Lale did ha...
  • Fran
    The German government needed workers for their labor camps. In 1942, all families in Slovakia were ordered to provide a child eighteen or older for work detail or risk having the entire family sent to concentration camp. Lale Sokolov hoped that by going to Prague to await these instructions his family would be safe. He did not expect to be forced into a cattle wagon and be transported to Auschwitz. He was determined to do as he was told, reveal l...
  • Cheri
    ”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 Auschwi...
  • Diane S ☔
    Reviewing a novel about the Holocaust on Holocaust Remembrance day seems both apropos, and a great responsibility. Never forget! As long as there are people who need to tell! Their stories, I will continue to read and remember. This is a fictionalized account of a true story, told to the author in the final days of his life. Lale was a young Jewish man from Slovakia, with much to look forward to, when in an effort to save the rest of his family, ...
  • Elyse
    Audiobook....narrated by Richard Armitage....( done well):Survivors guilt....... a lifetime traumatic tattoo for a tattoo artist.....Incapable of being apprehended by the mind of the senses. Stories that need to be told.... This one sat for many years - decades - untold...Shame - love - guilt - survival - Love ..... it’s all here. Thank you to the ‘already’ moving & thoughtful reviews which came before me. Sad - Beautiful- powerful - emotio...
  • Holly B
    Against all odds...The story of two extraordinary people, Lale and Gita survive the horrors of Auschwitz and find solace in each other. The book is based on their true story.Lale has the job of tattooist and must tattoo numbers on the arms of countless men, women and children. One day he tattooed #34902 on the arm and Gita. He recalled this day as the day "he tattooed her number on her left arm, she tattooed her number on his heart." An incredibl...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 utterly unforgettable stars to The Tattooist of Auschwitz 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 This is the story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian prisoners at Auschwitz who fell in love and all the risks and sacrifices made by them and others to keep them alive and together.It all began with Lale and how he was chosen to be the person who tattoos numbers on the prisoners at Auschwitz and Birkenau. As one can imagine, this was heartbreaking work; but as P...
  • abby
    There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Holocaust fiction books in the English language alone. This is not the one to read.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 ...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    I was lost in the all my heart and soul lush coulee with eight of my Traveling Sisters reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz.The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a compelling and unforgettable story of hope and courage that is so beautifully written based on interviews with Holocaust Survivor Auschwitz-Birkenau Tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. Lale with compassion and sensitivity, tattoos numbers on the arms of prisoners. While doing this he forms a connec...
  • Karen
    This is a novel based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz. Lale, being able to speak many languages, was given the job of tattooing the numbers on the incoming prisoners, he met Gita when she was in his line to be tattooed and was immediately taken with her.Being the tattooist at the camp gave Lale much more freedom of movement then most prisoners and he came upon money and jewels from the murde...
  • Tammy
    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. Wh...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: Thirsty and exhausted, he is surprised when the piece of paper is yanked from his hand. An SS officer pulls off Lale's jacket, rips his shirtsleeve and pushes his left forearm flat on the table. He stares in disbelief as the numbers 32407 are stabbed into his skin, one after the other by the prisoner. The length of wood with a needle embedded in it moves quickly and painfully. Then the man takes a rag dipped in green ink and rubs it roug...
  • Esil
    I’m always reluctant to read works of fiction dealing with the Holocaust - although I’ve read my fair share. It’s not that I find it too hard to read about atrocities, it’s that I worry that unless they are done right, fictional accounts run the risk of trivializing this horrific chapter in human history.The Tattooist of Auschwitz reads like fiction, but is based on interviews the author conducted with its protagonist, Lale Sokolov, over ...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    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 wit...
  • Carol
    3.5 Stars "Save the one, save the world." The story of Lale Sokolov is certainly one that needed to be told, to be remembered....his bravery....the risks...his determination to help survive the horrors of Auschwitz....and, of course, how he found the love of his life.The cattle train, the starvation, the crematoria and the evil Dr. Mengele; it's all here, but still, I did not feel the terror in the narration as compared to the many o...
  • Maria Espadinha
    Armas sem BalasO 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 ape...
  • [Shai] The Bibliophage
    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 ...
  • Susanne Strong
    4 StarsLale Sokolov was taken to Auschwitz via cattle car. While being transported, he made a decision to survive. Almost immediately, Lale was made the “Tatowierer” - the Tattooist of Auschwitz - he tattooed the numbers on prisoners that came into both Auschwitz and Birkenau and he saw the haunted looks on everyone’s faces. He learned to be quick, efficient, and look down. One woman haunted him and he memorized her number and he waited.For...
  • Jules
    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 my...
  • Gary
    As soon as I read the write up for this work I felt I had to read it and how glad I am that I did. This is a fantastic read and probably the best book I have read for a while and what makes it even more compelling is that it is a true story.This is the story of Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew who was held during World War 2 in the infamous Auschwitz prison camp and worked as the tattooist forced to mark each prisoner with an identification number. ...
  • Dem
    The power of Love. The Tattooist of Auscwitz is a love story that has stood the test of time and a book that portrays one mans determination to survive against the oddsThis is the true story of Lale Sokolov the tattooist of Auschwitz and how found love in the concentration camp. The book is well written, emotional and the story itself is interesting and uplifting. A love story that develops against all that is evil really is worth telling and rea...
  • Liz
    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...
  • Phrynne
    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 survi...
  • Pauline
    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. I would like to thank NetGalley and Bonnier Zaffre for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • Lori
    A quick & wonderful novel to finish up my reading year. Though I’ve read many WWII novels I never grow tired of them. They never fail to educate, amaze & inspire me. 4 stars.
  • Misstdennis
    I don’t even know how I can begin to write a coherent review for this….I’m so utterly heartbroken by this story yet I also have this overwhelming sense of warmth and fulfilment.This book obviously should get nothing but 5/5 stars This review is completely spoiler free because you need to read it for yourself. Both Lale and Gita have lived through the most traumatic experience that none of us could ever imagine, and to read their story on ho...
  • Brenda
    When Lale (Ludwig) Eisenberg volunteered to work for the Germans so his family would be safe, he had no idea what it would entail. He soon found out!This is the story of a man who did all he could to survive. His arrival in Auschwitz on 23rd April 1942 and then Birkenau was one of shock – his determination to leave alive would see him through the darkest and most tragic of days. Days when he lost friends through the brutality of the Germans; da...