Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just peek at my reading history and you'll know I'm a sucker for Holocaust literature. The Tattooist of Auschwitz didn't disappoint! When Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, arrives in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942, little does he know what is in store. The brutality and near-death experiences he survives are tragic, but he manages to remain hopeful. When he is "luckily" tasked with the job of Tätowierer who marks his fellow prisoners, he learns that he is in a position to help those who are not so fortunate.

Lale uses his privileged position to provide food to help others survive. As he marks a young woman with number 34902 Lale instantly decides that he will survive to marry this woman - Gita. What unfolds is a tale that is tragic, romantic, heartbreaking, and heartwarming.

Based on Lale Sokolov's experiences, The Tattooist of Auschwitz provides the world with yet another unbelievable account of humanity at its best and worst.

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