The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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"The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved. Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies' man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of Tätowierer- the tattooist - to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance. His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good. This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable"--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062870674
006287067X
9780062797155
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORRI...H
Characteristics: 262, 11 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes: "Originally published as The Tattooist of Auschwitz in Australia in 2018 by Bonnier Publishing Australia and in the UK by Bonnier Zaffre"--Title page verso

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kennethbhill
Jan 18, 2019

A good story, but sometimes difficult to digest when reading. This is a story of love and resilience. "... when you spend years of not knowing if in five minutes' time you will be death, there is not much that you can't deal with. As long as we are alive and healthy, everything will work out to the best."

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jabbey81hotmailcom
Jan 09, 2019

A great story of the choices we make when placed in unexpected and tragic circumstances. It was fun to see the story of Lala and Gita unfold with the unusual arrangement that created a deep romantic bond. The authenticity and raw emotion of being in Auschwitz was shown with glimpses of humanity as Lala developed relationships with his guards and attempted to help others in the camps. A page turner, I highly recommend it.

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Eil_1
Jan 03, 2019

I believe it wasn't the author's intent to drown the reader in the unspeakably horrific things that occurred in the extermination camps. Rather, she laid out this story, based on fact, as close to the ultimate evils as possible; yet, she tried to show that love, friendship, courage and acts of kindness could and did exist in the midst of Hell. Anyone who denies the existence of these German camps, as some do, has little but air between their ears.
P.S. I was far down the line for a "Hold"; however, I was lucky enough yesterday to find it in The Fast Lane. Read it overnight and returned it - perhaps it's still there?

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annabug4
Dec 30, 2018

September

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jeanie123
Dec 26, 2018

I don't really know what to say about this "novel". What parts are true story and what parts are fiction? I have read many accounts of Holocaust survivors but I have never encountered a story like this one. It's more like a young couple goes to summer camp and then a few bad things happen but they are more lucky than anyone else in the world, fall in love and a happy ending ensues. I believe that most camp survivors walked away with nothing, less than nothing even, but this Tattooweirer walked away with his pockets full of diamonds and rubies and used the jewels confiscated from the dead to restart his life. No wonder he changed his name. The writing just doesn't convey the gravity and horror of the reality.

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val1
Dec 10, 2018

This book, after I started it, is one I could not put down and finished it in the space of approximately a week. It just kept me reading and reading because I really wanted to find out how it ended. I highly recommend it.

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21221018293347
Dec 05, 2018

A nice story. Not too in depth, perhaps a Pollyanna version of Auschwitz with glimpses of the terror that occurred. More of a love story. Predictable. Easy to read. Would be suitable for older children and teens.

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PaulJam1
Nov 29, 2018

2.5 stars - No depth; interesting, but not a page turner.

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dontbugmeimreading
Nov 20, 2018

Lale was fluent in several different languages but the story never explained how he came to learn them. That might have made an interesting story as well.

Beatricksy Nov 14, 2018

This was originally written as a screenplay, according to the author notes. You can tell. The prose built around the dialogue is often clumsy and reads like a transcript. Sentences are abrupt, and I'm *told* emotions more often than not. Sure, I can extrapolate inflection from the scenario and context, but the book sure isn't going to give it to me on its own writing merit. It's much more like a loose nonfiction--rather what I would assume the first pass draft of a biography would look like. Scenes are brief, often taking only a few paragraphs before we're on to the next one, so that little feels fully developed. Characters appear and disappear but never feel more than flat figures going through the plot. Tension is built purely on scenario and circumstance, not because the book has any true quality or skill associated with it. This would work better as a script since you crave actors, costumes, and music to really make the lines shine--cos the book isn't doing it on its own.

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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 02, 2019

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

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