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THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris, Book Review

"The Tattooist of Auschwitz has the quality of a dark fairytale. It is both simple and epic, shot through with compassion and love… Everyone should read it"—Hugh Riminton

"Heather Morris climbs into the dark miasma of war and emerges with an extraordinary tale of the power of love" — Leah Kaminsky

The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz Synopsis:

The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved.

Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies’ man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of tätowierer – the tattooist – to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance.

His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good.

This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable.

(Echo Publishing, 2018)



When I was younger I read and heard enough accounts (real-life and fictional) to be all too aware of the unthinkable atrocities perpetrated during WWII. But in the last decade or so, I have chosen to read comparatively few of the slew of Holocaust fiction titles published. Why? Because I am in two-minds about the overt dramatisation of such experiences.

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