The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

eBook - 2018
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The #1 International 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 T?towierer (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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : HarperCollins, 2018
ISBN: 9780062797162
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jan 18, 2019

A good story, but sometimes difficult to digest when reading. This is a story of love and resilience. "... when you spend years of not knowing if in five minutes' time you will be death, there is not much that you can't deal with. As long as we are alive and healthy, everything will work out to the best."

Jan 09, 2019

A great story of the choices we make when placed in unexpected and tragic circumstances. It was fun to see the story of Lala and Gita unfold with the unusual arrangement that created a deep romantic bond. The authenticity and raw emotion of being in Auschwitz was shown with glimpses of humanity as Lala developed relationships with his guards and attempted to help others in the camps. A page turner, I highly recommend it.

Jan 03, 2019

I believe it wasn't the author's intent to drown the reader in the unspeakably horrific things that occurred in the extermination camps. Rather, she laid out this story, based on fact, as close to the ultimate evils as possible; yet, she tried to show that love, friendship, courage and acts of kindness could and did exist in the midst of Hell. Anyone who denies the existence of these German camps, as some do, has little but air between their ears.
P.S. I was far down the line for a "Hold"; however, I was lucky enough yesterday to find it in The Fast Lane. Read it overnight and returned it - perhaps it's still there?

Dec 30, 2018


Dec 26, 2018

I don't really know what to say about this "novel". What parts are true story and what parts are fiction? I have read many accounts of Holocaust survivors but I have never encountered a story like this one. It's more like a young couple goes to summer camp and then a few bad things happen but they are more lucky than anyone else in the world, fall in love and a happy ending ensues. I believe that most camp survivors walked away with nothing, less than nothing even, but this Tattooweirer walked away with his pockets full of diamonds and rubies and used the jewels confiscated from the dead to restart his life. No wonder he changed his name. The writing just doesn't convey the gravity and horror of the reality.

Dec 10, 2018

This book, after I started it, is one I could not put down and finished it in the space of approximately a week. It just kept me reading and reading because I really wanted to find out how it ended. I highly recommend it.

Dec 05, 2018

A nice story. Not too in depth, perhaps a Pollyanna version of Auschwitz with glimpses of the terror that occurred. More of a love story. Predictable. Easy to read. Would be suitable for older children and teens.

Nov 29, 2018

2.5 stars - No depth; interesting, but not a page turner.

Nov 20, 2018

Lale was fluent in several different languages but the story never explained how he came to learn them. That might have made an interesting story as well.

Beatricksy Nov 14, 2018

This was originally written as a screenplay, according to the author notes. You can tell. The prose built around the dialogue is often clumsy and reads like a transcript. Sentences are abrupt, and I'm *told* emotions more often than not. Sure, I can extrapolate inflection from the scenario and context, but the book sure isn't going to give it to me on its own writing merit. It's much more like a loose nonfiction--rather what I would assume the first pass draft of a biography would look like. Scenes are brief, often taking only a few paragraphs before we're on to the next one, so that little feels fully developed. Characters appear and disappear but never feel more than flat figures going through the plot. Tension is built purely on scenario and circumstance, not because the book has any true quality or skill associated with it. This would work better as a script since you crave actors, costumes, and music to really make the lines shine--cos the book isn't doing it on its own.

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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 02, 2019

...choosing to live is an act of defiance, a form of heroism.


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