The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz 7

by Heather Morris

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/02/2018

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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.

"Extraordinary...moving, confronting and uplifting... a story about the extremes of human behaviour: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I recommend it unreservedly" Graeme Simsion

 "The Tattooist of Auschwitz has the quality of a dark fairytale. It is both simple and epic, shot through with compassion and love. Everyone should read it" Hugh Riminton

  "An extraordinary story of a single and singular life and its great love" Ashley Hay

ISBN:
9781760403171
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-02-2018
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm
Heather Morris

Heather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now resident in Australia. For several years she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US.

In 2003, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who 'might just have a story worth telling'. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives, as their friendship grew and he embarked on a journey on self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her.

Heather originally wrote Lale's story as a screenplay – which ranked high in international competitions – before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

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  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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    One of the most moving stories i have read- it is almost unimaginable to feel how 2 people could maintain a relationship under those terrible circumstances.The story had to be related by someone who had been there. Great

  • So thankful for the ending....

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    This book was recommended to me and I’m so glad I read it! From the torment of concentration camps to the blossoming love story... I just loved every page of this book.

  • Unput-downable

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    Touching, heart warming, and at time overwhelmed with the horror of true events, I read this in a single sitting, and my husband, who usually doesn't read novels, read it right after me.

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