The Tattooist Of Auschwitz

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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 Tetovierer  ' 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.

Reviewed by Olivia at Angus & Robertson Bookworld:

The real-life love story of Lale Sokolov and Gita Fuhrmannova is one that defies belief. Both taken as prisoners to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, Lale is assigned the position of Tätowierer (tattooist) while Gita is just one prisoner out of thousands. They meet only long enough for Lale to ink the number 34902 onto Gita’s forearm, but it is enough to spark between them a fierce love that comes to thrive in the face of the utmost terror and torment.

With a history like this to tell, The Tattooist of Auschwitz was never going to be anything but a completely harrowing read, but Australian debut novelist Heather Morris has told the story of Lale and Gita with breathtaking tenderness. It is a gripping work of historical fiction, with the reality of life in the camp rendered gravely and with just enough detail to inspire horror. In its best moments, though, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a beautifully told story of a love that has endured the worst of humanity and I could not put it down.

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"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
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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  • Reviewed by Olivia at Angus & Robertson Bookworld

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    The real-life love story of Lale Sokolov and Gita Fuhrmannova is one that defies belief. Both taken as prisoners to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, Lale is assigned the position of Tätowierer (tattooist) while Gita is just one prisoner out of thousands. They meet only long enough for Lale to ink the number 34902 onto Gita’s forearm, but it is enough to spark between them a fierce love that comes to thrive in the face of the utmost terror and torment.

    With a history like this to tell, The Tattooist of Auschwitz was never going to be anything but a completely harrowing read, but Australian debut novelist Heather Morris has told the story of Lale and Gita with breathtaking tenderness. It is a gripping work of historical fiction, with the reality of life in the camp rendered gravely and with just enough detail to inspire horror. In its best moments, though, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a beautifully told story of a love that has endured the worst of humanity and I could not put it down.

  • a moving and uplifting read.

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    The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the first novel by Australian author, Heather Morris. At the age of twenty-five, Ludwig (Lale) Eisenberg, a Slovakian Jew, was transported to Auschwitz. He was tattooed with the number 32407. He was transferred 4km down the road to Birkenau (Auschwitz II) where, possibly due to his multi-lingual knowledge, his grooming and his demeanour, he was assigned to help Pepan, the man who tattooed the arm of each Jew entering the camp.

    In July of 1942, he was re-tattooing numbers on Jewesses being moved to Birkenau from Auschwitz when he met seventeen-year-old Gisela (Gita) Fuhrmannova. He knew her only by her number, 34902, although he eventually enticed her given name from her. He soon realised he was in love, and he was determined to survive this horrendous experience so that he could live a free life with his beloved Gita.

    Being the Tatowierer afforded him some privileges (more food, better accommodation, no hard labour and free passage around the camp), and Lale used it to advantage. But not just for himself. He was resourceful, and managed to feed some of the starving and get better conditions for a few. He saved lives, even while around him death was common, cruel and copious. On many occasions, his actions put him in danger, and his survival against considerable odds had one SS officer asking if he was a cat.

    Morris’s novel is based on a true story, and the way she was given the facts to transform into this story, related in the Author’s note, make an interesting footnote. Also included are some photos of the couple and an Afterword by Lale and Gita’s only son, Gary. The basic facts of their lives are given in the Additional Information section, along with a map of Birkenau. Despite the cruelty and suffering, this is a tale of hope and love: a moving and uplifting read.
    With thanks to Bonnier Publishing for this copy to read and review.

  • Heartbreaking and heartwarming

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    This is by far the hardest book I’ve ever had to review. I’ve put off reviewing it as I hadn’t the first idea of how I would even try to give this book justice. When I think about it again, the tears flow, when I realise this is a true story the tears never stop. It’s heartbreaking yet heartwarming. Prove that wherever evil exists, human love and humanity will always shine through. A remarkable couple whose story will stay with me for ever.

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