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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2018
September 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Harper Paperbacks
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
6.2
MB

Customer Reviews

HermesOrange ,

A riveting, tour de force read

This story is incredibly compelling on so many levels. The historical education and perspective of such hell on earth, intertwined with a human love it story makes for a rare and type of book.

nicklutsch ,

What a story.

Definitely a must read! It’s haunting, interesting, and hopeful.

Ava Anastasia ,

Compelling, inspiring, heartbreaking story; simply written

THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ is based on a compelling, inspiring, and hearbreaking true story of Lale Sokolov and his years in a concentration camp tattooing numbers on the arms of fellow Jews. It's a love story; a tale of the strength of human spirit and ability to survive that reprehensible, inhumane environment with one's heart in tact. While the story drew me in, I found the writing style simplistic; I would have liked the book better with character detail and descriptions I could sink into.

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