The Tattooist of Auschwitz
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 155 x 231 x 25mm | 340g
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0062860941
  • 9780062860941
  • 944,648

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Based on interviews author Heather Morris conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattoo-ist Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable tale of hope and courage--a love story in the midst of the Holocaust.

In July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforted a young girl waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name was Gita. From that moment, Lale was determined that he would one day marry her. Based on a powerful true story, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the tale of the man forced to create one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. It is also the story of two survivors who finally lived a life of happiness and peace.
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"Although one might suspect that there's far more to his past than is revealed here, much of Lale's story's complexity makes it onto the page. And even though it's clear that Lale will survive, Morris imbues the novel with remarkable suspense." --Booklist
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