The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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The #1 International Bestseller & New York Times Bestseller

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.

Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

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t_lynschm77
Nov 24, 2020

Tough to read but a beautiful story of love and survival. The fact that it was based on a true story was even better. The author's notes and prologue made the book even richer. I recommend it.

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natakovalchuk
Oct 06, 2020

The book was read in no time, couldn't put it down. Frankly, the simple way it's written somewhat takes the edge of all the horrors of the concentration camp it tells about otherwise it'd be a very uneasy read. Definite must read for many many more generations to come, so nobody forgets the most humiliated time in history.

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BeccaGracee5
Sep 01, 2020

Read this book in just 3 day’s. I couldn’t put it down. I really thought that this book may be hard to read due to the fact of where it takes place. But thankfully not many details of the inhumanity were shared. This book was more love story than anything else. It’s absolutely incredible what these two characters go through. What’s even more incredible, is that it’s based on a true story.

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rn4watoto
Aug 16, 2020

Unbelievable true story

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lavasushi
Aug 05, 2020

Sad story based on really sad events.
I agree the writing style was simple and the style was lacking.

jrbubbles1 Jul 30, 2020

Lale Sokolov ends up at the concentration camp at Auschwitz/Birkenau and is assigned the job of tattooing the numbers on the arms of the prisoners. He meets a girl by the name of Gita and falls in love with her. In the time he is at the camp he witnesses terrible horrors. He risks his life to try to help keep his fellow prisoners alive.

I found this book very interesting because I like to read about the concentration camps and WWII. It was based on a real life story so the information was accurate. This is a must read for history buffs everywhere.

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jacherin
Jul 23, 2020

I was afraid to read this book because of the reaction of others to reading about the Nazi concentration camps. But, I was wonderfully surprised. This was a story of survival and the building of relationships that helped the prisoners survive with the small thoughtful acts of the tattooist who imprinted these same prisoners. He decided he had to survive by taking a job that would be considered that of a collaborator. But through that job and his cleverness, he was able to provide some extras for so many of those prisoners that enabled them to survive. And the love story that evolved was beautiful. It is based on a true story with a delightful explanation of the relationship that developed between the author and the tattooist

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tammygfarmgirl
Jul 04, 2020

Excellent true story...but could have been better written.

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EljayJohnson
May 12, 2020

Don't hate me for giving one star to a Holocaust book; I swear I'm not heartless. But despite the horrific events related, this book was so poorly written, the characters so flatly drawn, and the style so lacking in skill (this happened, then this, then this, then here's some stilted dialogue) that I remained detached throughout. Based on the true life of the central character, I wish he had found a different author to tell his story to. She created a poor novel from his arresting life story.

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Walter724
May 09, 2020

I mostly found this book interesting, especially that it is based on a true story. Many plot situations and dialogues were fictionalized though, and sometimes I found the writing far-fetched. It is a good read at this time of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, so I recommend it.

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allysunsun24
Sep 25, 2019

"They are holding something that is absolutely forbidden in Auschwitz. These items, so dangerous that their mere possession is a death sentence, cannot be fired, nor do they have a sharp point, a blade, or a heavy end. These items, which the relentless guards of the Reich fear so much, are nothing more than books: old, unbound, with missing pages, and in tatters."

ArapahoeMaryA Jan 02, 2019

...choosing to live is an act of defiance, a form of heroism.

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Oct 03, 2019

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