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Publisher Description

"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.

Fiction & Literature
25 January
Bonnier Publishing Australia
Directebooks Ltd

Customer Reviews

BrookeMooreReads ,

Shining light of humanity during the darkest experience

Perfectly woven story of love, survival and humanity shown by Jews during the most horrendous, inhumane treatment from the SS soldiers. Definitely worth reading!

Purple Mirror ,

Sad what humans are capable of

I couldn’t put this book down, at times I was extremely sad to hear of the inhumane actions being inflicted from one human to another......I questioned many times throughout the book “how was this allowed?”
I hope we all learn from these horrible behaviours & don’t allow this to take place ever again in the present or future.
Heather Morris you really captured the story 👏🏻 & the reality of lale & Gita’s lives during this horrific ordeal....thank you for sharing it🙏

Antoha79 ,


Very boring and primitive book. Poorly written by someone who didn’t do enough homework before writing it.

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