Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz
By: Heather Morris
Genre: Historical Ficton
Release Date: February 1st, 2018
Publisher: Echo, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing Australia
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Review: I am drawn to historical fiction and the trials that people have been put through. It makes me believe in the human will and how strong we have to be to over come the struggles of life. This story is one that we have heard many times before, but its brought to life with a new twist. There is romance and intrigue that isn't seen in stories of the holocaust. We follow a young man, as he is forced into terrible situations, and has to live with things that he should have never been a part of all to survive Auschwitz.
This was a great read that I couldn't put down.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.