The Tattooist Of Auschwitz

  • AUTHOR – Heather Morris
  • PUBLISHER – Zaffre Publishing
  • PAGES – 368

I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman Gita did too.

So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.

I decided to read this book as I have a big interest in the Holocaust and what happened to the ‘jews’ before I purchased the book it was always a touch and go as to if I thought I would like it as I had read a few reviews, brilliant reviews, but was unsure if the book would be for me as I am not big on romance stories.

I am so glad I decided to take the plunge and go for it, this book was amazing. It was beautifully written and the author has definitely given credit to both Lale and Gita.

Lale, the Jew with nine lives, from the offset he was a likeable, decent guy. Not knowing what fate awaited from day to day he tried to help as many people as he possibly could, to try and save them from a horrible fate knowing what horrific consequences would await for him if he found out. Living each day in the hope that him and his love could live a normal and happy life. This book was not only a romantic story but a book of hope as well as educational.

I am not very big on the happy ending’s at the end of a book that has not been happy throughout but obviously this being true events it couldn’t have been any other way, aside from this being true, should it have been a fictional piece I would have equally have loved it. Not being big on the whole romantic stuff, I will not lie, the ending of this story brought tears to my eyes. It was definitely an emotional rollercoaster, full of emotions. Sadness, anxious, and tears of joy with the best of all endings.

This was a beautiful story to have read, and I am so glad I decided to read it. The events which took place in the Holocaust was a disgrace and I am so happy to have read not only a ‘Jew’ that managed to escape this alive but to have found love for the first time and had the happiest of endings possible.

This is a definite must read for anyone who is interested in not only the Holocaust but as a romance novel too.


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