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The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel (original 2018; edition 2018)

by Heather Morris (Author)

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Title:The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel
Authors:Heather Morris (Author)
Info:Harper Paperbacks (2018), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
Collections:Read 2019, Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Holocaust, Nazi Germany, Historical Fiction

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (2018)

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The story behind The Tattooist of Auschwitz is interesting, as are most stories about life in concentration camps during WWII. Beyond that, there is nothing exceptional about this novel. The characters are not particularly developed and the prose is not noteworthy. ( )
  JGoto | Mar 15, 2019 |
Very powerful. Plowed right through it. Stayed up late a few nights to read. Such a heartbreaking story. Nonfiction, but written as a novel. It worked well. Unbelievable. Most of the Holocaust stories are terrible. So is this one. But at least the other ended up with his love. Very nice! ( )
  bermandog | Mar 9, 2019 |
Such a tragic and beautiful story about love overcoming tremendously horrific conditions. Based on a true experience, Lale is a Slovakian Jew who was imprisoned in Auschwitz, put to work as the camp tattooist, and how he uses his privileged position to provide food and aid to those around him, including saving the life of his love, Gita. His love for Gita became the driving energy and focus in survival. This story isn't without tragedy, but given the vast accounts (and even more unaccounted experiences) of those in the Holocaust, this has a happier ending that most. My feeling with most WWII/Holocaust accounts is that they should be written and they should be read. Without remembering and accounting the atrocities, we are doomed to repeat them. Now, more than ever, love needs to overcome hate and fear. ( )
  mcnerney82 | Mar 9, 2019 |
The best book I've read this year by far. ( )
  stevedale57 | Mar 3, 2019 |
Every concentration camp story is unique, and that certainly applies to Lale Sokolov's story, as novelized here by the author. What accounts for those who survive? Very good fortune and a determination to do whatever it takes to make it to the next day. Lale's knowledge of several languages, along with the care and intervention of Pepan, the 'tatowierer' on the day Lale enters Auschwitz, gives him a fighting chance.

He witnesses much deprivation and horror, as you'd expect, and given his relative freedom of movement throughout the camp, we get an idea of the jobs assigned to prisoners, along with the black market trade that rises. At center, however, is the love story of Lale and Gita, who he meets - and tattoos - on the day she enters Birkenau, the nearby women's camp. His manipulations, including trading rings and gems found among the confiscated clothes for food, are largely motivated by his determination to make it out alive with Gita so they can be with each other forever. We meet despicable Nazi characters, such as Baretsky, the mildly sadistic sort of personal guard over Lale as he moves between camps as the tattooist. Intriguing also are German day laborers Victor and son Yuri, helping to build a crematorium, whom Lale befriends and establishes a trade with.

Generally, a well written novel, using rather simple language and with a cinematic feel. Eye opening for me, even if not a straight history, as to the 'social' environment within the camps. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Feb 25, 2019 |
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This novel 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 freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.… (more)

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