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The Tattooist of Auschwitz: Based on an incredible true story Kindle Edition
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"Based on a true story, the wrenching yet riveting tale of Lale's determination to survive the camp with Gita is a moving testament to the power of kindness, ingenuity, and hope."
"..this is a powerful, gut-wrenching tale that is hard to shake off."--Kirkus Reviews
"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."
"Like the Nobel Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel's Night, Morris' work takes us inside the day-to-day workings of the most notorious German death camp. Over the course of three years, Morris interviewed Lale, teasing out his memories and weaving them into her heart-rending narrative of a Jew whose unlikely forced occupation as a tattooist put him in a position to act with kindness and humanity in a place where both were nearly extinct."--BookPage
"To many, this book will be most appreciated for its powerful evocation of the everyday horrors of life as a prisoner in a concentration camp, while others will be heartened by the novel's message of how true love can transcend even the most hellishly inhuman environments. This is a perfect novel for book clubs and readers of historical fiction."--Publishers Weekly
"As many interviews as I did with Holocaust survivors for the Shoah Foundation and as many devastating testimonies as I heard, I could not stop reading THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ--an extraordinary story of love so fierce it sustained people enduring the unimaginable. Read it, share it, remember it."--Jenna Blum, NYT and international bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Lost Family
"The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document.. 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
"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."--International bestseller Jill Mansell --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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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 more than 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.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B078JGYDT2
- Publisher : Echo, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing Australia (27 January 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 2350 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 198 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 584 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A story that should be read by all - and I'm proud that my country, my city welcomed this couple to create a 2nd life under the Aussie skies far away from the horrors and ghosts of their past.
Such as the lack of informatiom as to what happened to Lale's mentor whose wisdom and compassion led him to become the Tattoist and thus saved his life? And why are readers not told about what happens to women who were forced to become the lovers of the German officers , useful at times, but abandoned afer the war , classified as collaborators, and sentenced to years in gaol by the victors. There is a disconnect between the protagonist's
desire to survive and his avowed love for his future wife.
He seems to have blocked out the emotonal indebtedness he owed to others.
It could be that T .S. Eliot was right , "Human beings csnnot stand too much reaity". Even so , if we don't demand the ugly truth about man's inhumanity to man it will surely be repeated. This book is revommended for senior school children and above.
Not really, I didn’t enjoy it.
I’m nearly 60 and all my life I have heard about, seen on documentaries and read about the holocaust of WW2. I’m afraid to say, I’m almost immuned from feeling anything about this period in our history. Especially as programs like Hogan Heroes are still on free to air TV. But sometimes, I read an article or see something on TV that catches my attention.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North was something that stopped me in my tracks. My God Father, (Lloyd) was a captive in Changi during W2 and he would tell me stories of what happened to him in Changi when I was a child. The stories were no doubt modified for my sake but The Narrow Road to the Deep North was disturbing. I couldn’t bare to think about Lloyd and what he experienced.
And now the Tattooist of Auschwitz has again affected my immunization. Heather Morris has done well to portray the events of the Tatowierer. The death and torture of people is so brutal it’s hard to believe it happened. The discrimination is shocking and the disregard to fellow humans reads like fictional movie. But it is true and the Tatowierer lived in Melbourne. That’s remarkable and it’s hard to believe he and his brave wife could sleep at night.
I did recommend the Tattooist of Auschwitz to a friend and she has read it.
This is a story of true love and survival. The end made me cry because they lived to tell their story of forgiveness and love. They didn’t let their life be ruled by what people did to them, instead they were fighters who found the strength to go on to live a full, rich life.
The writing is eloquent and never descends into melodrama, even when recounting the near death experiences which confront both Lale and Gita.
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This is not a downbeat tale. The strength of the human spirit shines through on every page. It was hard to put down, I had to keep reading. And in the last pages there are amazing surprises.
A wonderful book about a truly remarkable character. I cannot recommend this more highly.