The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Description from GoodReads:

“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.”

My thoughts

What can you say about a book based on someone’s experience whilst at Auschwitz? Written simply with no inapproriate flowery language Heather Morris tells us Lale’s story from boarding a train with no idea where he was going, to the end.

At times I had to stop reading and take a break, the horrors were too much. I know about the Holocaust, who doesn’t? But this is different, reading an account of life inside the camp is more intimate than watching a film like Schindler’s List.

I kept reading in the hope that the people who Lale befriends would survive, knowing of course the outcome, knowing the history. I did dread what the ending would tell me and wondered at times if I should stop and just not pick the book up again. But if people can survive this then it would be disrespectful if I could not read it. It’s important to know what happened, to know the story of these innocent people even though it’s so hard to read about.

I wish this wasn’t a true story!


10 thoughts on “The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris”

  1. This sounds a hard read, but an important one. It’s so necessary that these stories are shared and remembered. I read The Diary of Anne Frank when I was around 10 years old, and it has haunted me ever since.

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