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The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The Tattooist of Auschwitz: based on the heart-breaking true story of love and survival | Heather Morris
For readers of Schindler's List, The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Based on the incredible true story of Lale Sokolov 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. There have been many books about the Holocaust - and there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov's incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners and he was determined to survive - not just to survive, but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is also - almost unbelievably - a love story. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight and he determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story - 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. Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the war. They eventually made their way to Australia, where they raised a son and had a successful life. But when Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden of their past alone. He chose to tell his story.
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mandi1082
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It's hard not to give anything less then a 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. I have read countless of Holocaust stories and each time my heart breaks in pieces. I loved how this fiction story which was written about something so horrible included something so beautiful like a love story.

KristenDuck Love this one 6d
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kplovesbooks
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ A heartbreakingly sad and amazing story.

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lindsay_ann
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I had to take most of the day to digest this. The way the author describes Lale's experiences makes you feel his pain in a visceral way. It was a highly impactful read, and I'm looking forward to reading the related Cilka's Journey soon.

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megnews Amazing the vast resilience of some in the depths of adversity and despair 2w
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nichollinlove
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This incredible and true story brings an entirely fresh set of eyes to what I have typically read of the Holocaust. Lale's unique position, at the very least, probably saved his life. His accounts of what was happening in both camps he worked in coupled with his love for not just her but just about every other person he came into contact with made for a deeply moving story of human spirit and tenacity.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Wonderwoman89
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Finished this book in three days. I gave it four stars because some of the wording was hard to understand. It is the story of a Holocaust Survivor and his experience in the prison camp from horrible beatings to finding love Some of the story is gut wrenching and is so incredibly sad to read. It makes you wonder how anyone can be so cruel and heartless.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Totally agree with your review! ❤️ 2w
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Insightsintobooks
The Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris (Screenwriter)

‘‘I couldn‘t love you if you did. They were your family , I know that. I know it‘s a strange thing for me to say, but you will honour them by staying alive, surviving this place and telling the world what happened here.‘"

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lindsay_ann

Holy moly, I knew this would be an intense read...but this is making me nauseous in a "this is horrific but you NEED to know it" kind of way. I had to put it down to start my work day, but I'm itching to get back to it.

Kaylamburson I just got a copy of it yesterday. But that is also why I love and hate books about difficult times in history. 2w
lindsay_ann @Kaylamburson I honestly basically grew up under a rock (my friends joke that I'm Kimmy from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), so I've been working to become a more informed individual. I spent a few weeks in Berlin, and was so struck by what learned about the Holocaust during my time there, so I immediately went on to Libby and put a hold on this book. It's chilling, but so important to learn about. 2w
Kaylamburson It's so gutting when you hear about all of these horrendous truths. I'm so glad that you took the next step to learn more and there are soooooo many books about the Holocaust. @Insightsintobooks actually just posted a bunch on her page yesterday that you might want to check out! 2w
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lindsay_ann @Kaylamburson Thank you, I'll check that out now! 2w
Lifeisasnap You are right it is so chilling. The things we could only imagine had to be even worse that our brains can fathom. Just wait to read the continuation of one of the back characters- Cilka- in Cilka‘s Journey. I felt worse and hopeful at the same time. It‘s good to become informed I think we should all do more of that. I believe it makes us more empathetic to people. 2w
Kaylamburson But also, it's crazy how many horrors have happened in our own backyard or are still happening. I just finished reading Damnation Island which is about the history of Roosevelt Island in NYC and so many mentally ill, poor, and jailed were treated terribly. 2w
Kaylamburson I totally agree, @Lifeisasnap ! Great point. 2w
lindsay_ann @Lifeisasnap I'm adding that one to my list now. And I completely agree - I feel like the more you know about others' experiences, the more you feel for others, which is so crucial. 2w
Lifeisasnap I‘ve been reviewing books for #netgalley and it seems ALL the books I‘ve read lately are WWII related. The best, besides the Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilka‘s Journey, has been about the network that saved Jewish children from the Nazi‘s it was amazing what one woman could do and she saved thousands. Brave people like that inspire me. It‘s called, The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton. I recommend it highly! 2w
lindsay_ann @Lifeisasnap Thank you, I'll check that one out as well!! 2w
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Insightsintobooks
Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris

"You‘re a hero too, my darling. That the two of you have chosen to survive is a type of resistance to these Nazi bastards. Choosing to live is an act of defiance, a form of heroism.‘"

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Historical fiction on the Holocaust.

I'd also recommend Cilkas Journey the sequel to Tattooist of Auschwitz.

#neverforget #neveragain

Kaylamburson I just bought Tattooist on a Kindle Daily Deal earlier this week! 2w
Insightsintobooks @Kaylamburson it's very moving. 2w
Kaylamburson I can't wait to read it! 2w
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ErraticElle
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I put off reading this one for a long time because I knew it would be an emotional read. And that was before I discovered that it is truly based on the life and experiences of one man. There are moments of levity and love and wonderful things, but this story is rife with things that made my stomach churn, my heart hurt, and my eyes fill with tears. It is heartbreaking, but still lovely.

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kplovesbooks
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Starting this one tonight!!!!!! So excited!!! I've been wanting to read this one for awhile!!!

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Book101
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My next read. Any reviews?

kezzlou85 I really enjoyed it. 3w
Book101 Hope to enjoy it too.. 3w
Curiouser_and_curiouser Eye opening and a truly amazing recount of this shocking and tragic part of history. You will be riveted. There is another book called "Cilka's Journey" which is a story of a friend of the tattooist in this story. I'm on the waiting list for that one on audiobook 3w
Curiouser_and_curiouser The Audiobook I listened to was read wonderfully by Richard Armitage. 3w
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Arvena
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I expected something more... The style was so abrupt

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Martta
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This book was so good! The story was disturbing and it's not for everyone. I'm looking forward for the story of Cilca. She appeared shortly in this book as well but it would be nice to know more about her.

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Martta
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I got a discount coupong to Bookbeat from the book fair this weekend and decided that this would be my first real audio book in a decade or so. Not the easiest one to listen but so good! I'm also planning on listening the Cilka's journey after this. I usually avoid the second world war books but I decided to give this a go. Hopefully it will be fine. 🙈

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Cinfhen
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I wasn‘t sure if I wanted to read another Holocaust book but I‘m so glad I finally picked up this one. Lale‘s story was absolutely remarkable and miraculous. Luck may have a lot to do with who survived but wits and bravery are equally needed. This book offered new information I wasn‘t aware of and though many claim enhancements were made, I chose to believe that Lale recalled events the best to his own personal knowledge. #NeverForget #NeverAgain

Cinfhen I recommend @Reviewsbylola and I listened on audio via #Hoopla and I couldn‘t stop!! I thought the narration added so much to the story. #GetTissues 😭😭😭😭😭 3w
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Cinfhen
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I‘ve been avoiding this book for months/ thinking I wasn‘t up for another Holocaust story but after many trusted friends told me to read it, I caved. I‘m listening on audio and it‘s very chilling!!! The narrator is brilliant/ really bringing to life the horror & terror. I‘m always shocked by the tenacity and bravery of the men & women living along side the depravity of the Nazi‘s. Evil exists but so do angels. #AudioCooking 🎧

LeahBergen There has been some controversy around this book and its author (and especially its sequel, I guess). I guess there are quite a few big factual errors and such. Maybe don‘t read any of the articles about it until you‘re finished, though (spoilers)! 4w
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Reviewsbylola I‘m kind of in the same boat. Holocaust stories are a dime a dozen so it needs to be special for me to pick it up. 4w
Cinfhen I was aware of all the controversy @LeahBergen which is definitely part of why I put off reading for so long. I‘m really mixed. I think it‘s a HUGE disservice to claim it‘s based on true events and then fabricate material but if you can bring the horrors of the Holocaust into the spotlight and get millions of readers to pick up the book then bravo. (edited) 4w
Cinfhen As an audio @Reviewsbylola it‘s bringing a new dimension to the Holocaust story plus I never thought about who had to tattoo the numbers into the “prisoners” ~ I always assumed it was a Nazi but knowing it was a fellow Jewish prisoner makes it even more horrifying 4w
LeahBergen @Cinfhen I was thinking much the same thing about the positivity of ANY exposure to keep the horrific history of the Holocaust in people‘s minds so I was sort of 🤷🏻‍♀️ about the controversy. 4w
Cinfhen I don‘t care if you screw up the transportation route but if you totally make up shit then it adds to the deniers stories so I‘m mixed too @LeahBergen btw: I‘m sipping the candy cane tea as we “speak” and it‘s delicious 😋 THANK YOU 😘😘😘I‘m hoping to read the book you sent me soon - written by an actual survivor although I believe it‘s a fictional story 4w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 3.5 Stars

So I believe the writing fell a bit flat, especially considering the topic. It really lacked describing the camps for what they were and how difficult it was for everyone. However, it kept my full attention and I needed to know what happened to these characters (based on real people). It is horrific what they went through.

If you want a “lighter” read on the Auschwitz concentration camps then this might be for you.

Buechersuechtling I have already seen many enthusiastic reviews about this but I turned my back on this book whenever I came across it in my local bookshop. Yours is the first review that makes me think of changing my attitude. I did a quick research, my library does not yet have this book in stock. But in a few months maybe. Who knows❓Anyway I‘ll keep this book in mind from now on. Thank you for this. 😊 (edited) 4w
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This was a really amazing book. Very hard to read in some places because of the terrible things done but I could not put this book down. I started it yesterday and wow. Brilliantly written and a beautiful book.

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SammyB123
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What an absolutely heartbreaking story.

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MumWhoLovesToRead
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Such a sad brilliant story

Readswithcoffee Welcome to Litsy ☕️📚📚📚☕️ 3w
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juls29
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I give The Tattooist of Auschwitz 5 stars. This novel based on the real experiences and memories of Lale and Gita Sokolov is heart breaking, but it is also a story of survival. Lale and Gita did what they had to do to survive horrific circumstances and create a future together.

Read my full review at https://www.juliareviewsthings.com/home/the-tattooist-of-auschwitz-by-heather-mo...

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Momomojo
Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris

Just the fact that this is fictional but factual makes me want to cry

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Rissreads
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Latest bookclub pick.
I'm in the minority on this one. It was only ok. The writing style let it down, it didn't create the emotional depth it needed for you to feel invested in the characters. Plus apparently the story isn't as factual as it claims to be.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I agree.. it was just ok for me too... 2mo
BookNAround I didn‘t love this one either. It was too superficial, imo. 2mo
Beatlefan129 I agree. I believe it was written as a screenplay originally, so maybe that‘s why it felt a little too removed in a way 2mo
Jeg That‘s how I felt too. The best part for me was at the end. A bit written by the son I think. And I see she has another out. I won‘t be reading it! 1mo
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Caroline2
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This is appalling! I‘m ashamed to say I have The Tattooist on my tbr shelf but I‘m not reading it now and I‘m boycotting her other books. For the Holocaust Memorial Fund to say her books are grossly inaccurate makes me so mad. 😡

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/03/cilkas-journey-heather-morris-sequ...

MelissaSue81 Tattooist was just a terribly written book despite whatever accuracies/inaccuracies 2mo
MicheleinPhilly This is just gross. 😠 2mo
Caroline2 @MicheleinPhilly it‘s wrong on so many levels. 😡 2mo
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Caroline2 @MelissaSue81 argh! 🙄 I don‘t know why it‘s such a huge hit with so much wrong with it?! 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Oh no, I had no idea. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely skip these books. 2mo
GingerAntics Oh that‘s coming off my wish list/TBR immediately. 1mo
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thewallflower0707
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Please read this article before you buy the book The Tattooist of Auschwitz and it‘s sequel.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/03/cilkas-journey-heather-morris-sequ...

#thetattoistofauschwitz #heathermorris

Caroline2 Wow! I have The Tattooist on my tbr shelf, but I‘m not reading it now!! I hate historically inaccurate books. 😒 2mo
thewallflower0707 @Caroline2 me too, especially with this topic! I hate that this book is so popular and that the author is essentially making a dime by exploiting these people‘s story. 2mo
Caroline2 @thewallflower0707 yeah it makes me really angry too. I wish I‘d read this article before I bought the book and put more money in her pocket!!! 🙄 I hope people boycott her next book! 2mo
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thewallflower0707 @Caroline2 The official twitter account of the Auschwitz Memorial Museum in Poland is tweeting often about these books too and fact-checking it. There a lot of mistakes that could have been solved with more research. They also recommend better books. 2mo
Caroline2 That is appalling! I‘m glad people are speaking out against it though. The last thing that Holocaust Memorial organisations need right now is more historical inaccuracies and lies! 😠 2mo
julesG @Caroline2 For a book that's supposed to have had a team of researchers to fact check, it's full of inaccuracies and blatant mistakes. One of the main reasons I didn't read it. 2mo
Caroline2 Oh I so need to join this group!! 😆 and I am boycotting Heather Morris! 😡 2mo
marleed Oh boy, that‘s heartbreaking. 2mo
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AkashPhoenix
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One of the best books I've read this year!. The events of Auschwitz-Berkineau are horrifying which shivers your soul to its deepest core. And in all these horrors the love story of Lale & Gita is what gives their life a meaning to survive all the hardships and wish for a beautiful future with each other. It's also a story which talks about friendships in the hardest times and restores your faith that humanity is still alive. A MUST Read!

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"To save one is to save the world."

Lale's story is amazing at times, and so tragic in other times. There are so many books about the harshness of Auschwitz, but few have the firsthand experience of a person who survived the ordeal & also found the love of his life doing so. Being the tattooist offered Lale great opportunities at survival, which he shared wholeheartedly with Gita and many other prisoners in the camp. He touched the lives of many.

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HoneyBeeLee
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This book was so good. Lale‘s story is just amazing, and keeps you rooting for him the whole time. This book was defiantly a quick read and recommend it is you are looking for just that.

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Lazy Sunday read.

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Lon89
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A book about heroic courage, trauma, friendship and love. It the true story of Lale, a Jewish Slovakian who Entered Auschwitz and Birkenau at the beginning of the war, and left at the end of the war. A story about how determination and love are keys to surviving all manner of trauma.

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Amandakay
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Heartbreaking

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ReaderLiz
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This is an incredible read. Although I knew what happened in the concentration camps, this first hand account is totally shocking. It is so totally incomprehensible what happened and what is described, yet this book brings to life some of the events which went on and how some went out of their way to help.... others went out of their way to make events worse. A must read. We must not forget!

Powered_By_Plants This one is sitting in my shelf waiting for me to read 💕 1mo
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Twainy
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🎧 I realize I just read The Nightingale ... this is another really touching book. You‘ll cry. I loved it. It‘s also a relatively short book that always has something going on so it seems to fly by. Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Ooooohhhh, what a story! I've just finished this amazing book last night. To know that this strong, courageous & lucky couple have lived in my hometown since before I was born has made me feel so much more connected to this story. A truly amazing recount from their time in Auschwitz to their way home & ever after days since the end of war. I have just listened to the audiobook but I want to read the words themselves so I've borrowed the ebook

rustoryhuf This book hurt my soul, but I loved it so much. Our book club is discussing this in a few months and I can‘t wait. 2mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @rustoryhuf yes, it is painful to read, but fascinating the strength and courage of the people who made it out. Wow, I can imagine the discussion, I'd love to be there. Big topic. 2mo
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Scochrane26
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This book does live up to the hype. I‘m not usually into the WW2 book genre but had heard so much about this one. My friend lent me her copy & said she loved it. While this was still traumatizing because of the horrific events, I appreciated that the story wasn‘t as graphic as others I‘ve read & focused on hope, survival, and love.

Scochrane26 Also, this is my 68th book this yr, which was my total for 2018. Looking back through GR, I went from 45-50 before 2017, then 68-70 in 2017 & 2018. Not sure what that means, that maybe I have reduced my social interactions or read more audio? I know this yr it‘s due to not working for 3 mths, not traveling much, & not watching much tv lately. And maybe not enough social interaction 😂 2mo
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1. Finally got on the bandwagon & started the tagged book. Also listening to The Hollow of Fear.
2. Both.
3. “It doesn‘t matter. Just remember, we are here to keep our families safe at home.”
@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

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wordynoodles
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Awful. Completely unrealistic. Sorry, but if you've read anything about Aushwitz, or other extermination camps, you'd see this book is not at all plausible.

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So heartbreaking but such a good book!!!

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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This book has been on my tbr list for a while. I decided to begin listening to the audiobook last night and this all too true story sounds like a living nightmare! Actually I had nightmares all during the night after I fell asleep with it playing on my headphones. This is so extremely sad.
Horrific decisions, acts and conditions. I hope this is never repeated in human times again.

Curiouser_and_curiouser Since I began reading this riveting story I had trouble picturing the concentration camps described, so I had a quick look on YouTube for some footage or photos of the camps as it's been a while since I've seen anything to do with the holocaust. Well I stumbled across some survivor stories & I couldn't stop listening to these people & their stories. Tonight im watching Schindler's List, I first saw this movie 26 years ago, so many questions..... 2mo
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Creadnorthey
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Really more like a 3 1/2 stars- the writing is nothing special, and at times down right clunky. It might however be difficult to justify flowery language or singular detail with the stark events retold. And the events are riveting. For me this is not new ground but a new perspective.

EKonrad Completely agree! 3mo
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HazeltheDog
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A fast read of a true story about two people who find love in of all places Auschwitz. The writing is short, choppy and never really comes together with deep meaning. The author is a screenwriter therefore, to me it reads like a movie that has a time constraint and no time to develop a great story or ending.

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Myshelfawareness
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This book was very insightful and interesting. If you are interested or fascinated by history then this is most definitely the book for you! I came across this book because a friend told me they were gonna read it next and so we read it together. I couldn't stomach to read it again but I learned a lot from this book. 📖📖📖📖📖

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Squidonland

How can a race spread out across multiple countries be considered a threat? For as long as he lives, be it short or long, he knows he will never comprehend this.

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Clwojick Oooo I love your nails! 3mo
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“ To Save One, Is To Save Mankind “.

This was a powerful book!
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thewallflower0707 I heard a lot about this book! But I think it is important to mention that the @/AuschwitzMuseum twitter account has pointed out the several factual errors in this book. 3mo
tpixie @thewallflower0707 thanks!! For info!! I bet it was due to poetic license since it‘s a novel or maybe even Lole‘s memory. But I‘m sure the Auschwitz Museum wants to keep things as factual as possible. 3mo
tpixie @thewallflower0707 I really did enjoy the story this and the Alice network have been my favorite books lately. I want to read the huntress next because there‘s a cameo of one of my favorite characters from the Alice network in there 3mo
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