The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Based on the powerful true story of Lale Sokolov

von Heather Morris

288 Seiten; 233 mm x 156 mm
Sprache English
2018 Bonnier Zaffre UK; Zaffre
ISBN 978-1-78576-365-6
KNV-Titelnr.: 66615365


What an extraordinary and important book this is. We need as many memories of the Holocaust as we can retain, and this is a moving and ultimately uplifting story of love, loyalties and friendship amidst the horrors of war. I'm so glad Lale and Gita were eventually able to live long and happy lives together, and thankful that Heather Morris was moved to record their incredible story. It's a triumph Jill Mansell

Kurztext / Annotation

For readers of Schindler's List , The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz , The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas


For readers of Schindler's List , The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz , The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Heart-breaking - a tale of love and survival amidst the horrors of Auschwitz
Human - the real story behind one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust - the blue numbers tattooed on prisoners' arms
Inspirational - the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances
Unforgettable - a story untold for over seventy years is finally shared
Life-affirming - one man's determination to survive and live a full life with the woman he loved
Fully verified - Lale Sokolov's background and story has been fact-checked against all available documentary evidence

The Story

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews, who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.

Lale Sokolov was determined not just to survive, but to live his life to the full. This is a story of hope and of courage. It is also a love story. Waiting to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a jack-the-lad - it was love at first sight and he determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure that Gita did, too. Their story will make you weep, but you will also find it uplifting. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.

Biografische Anmerkung zu den Verfassern

Born in New Zealand, Heather Morris lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. In 2003, she met Lale Sokolov, a meeting that changed both their lives. As their friendship grew, he entrusted her with the task of telling the world the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust.