The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
based on the heart-breaking true story of love and survival

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Love happened, and the unlikely, nay downright impossible, happened, and this heartfelt book is a very enjoyable presentation of that.
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This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”—Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project

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 Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for over 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 prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.


About Heather Morris

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Heather Morris is a technical writer and editor with more than 8 years' experience in publishing. She has written easy-to-use books on common technologies including how to use the Internet to research family history, and a book on using scanners and photo editing software to improve and save old photographs and film. Her first book, published in the UK, was Researching your Family History Online and the second was Scanning and Editing your Old Photographs. A lifelong Apple enthusiast, she currently lives in a technology-infused household in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two sons and a half dozen or more i-devices and computers. Prior to a career in publishing, Heather earned an M.A. in history and taught English for several years in the U.S. and abroad Joli Ballew is a technical author, technology trainer, and Web site developer and manager. She holds several certifications including MCSE, MCTS, and MCDST. In addition to writing, she teaches computer classes at the local junior college, and works as a network administrator and Web designer for North Texas Graphics. She's written nearly 50 books, including "Degunking Windows 7, How to Do Everything; iPad," and "iPad 2 QuickSteps.
Published September 4, 2018 by Harper Paperbacks. 288 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by John Lloyd on Jan 01 2018

Love happened, and the unlikely, nay downright impossible, happened, and this heartfelt book is a very enjoyable presentation of that.

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Reviewed by Monique Mulligan on May 16 2018

Both hard to read and hard not to, the storytelling leads readers through an experience full of horror, shadows and light; a love story like no other. It made me think – and opened my eyes to what happened at Auschwitz from a completely different perspective.

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