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Tattooist of Auschwitz
Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
The #1 International BestsellerThis 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 ProjectIn 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 Ttowierer (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.
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Meghan1
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Book 63 of 2022! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Awk_Word_Smith I ❤️ this book so much. This and “All The Light We Cannot See” are my ultimate WWII fave books. 1mo
Meghan1 @Awk_Word_Smith I have that one, too! I‘ll move it up my TBR pile! 1mo
Awk_Word_Smith @Meghan1 OMG yes. Do that! 😂 1mo
Meghan1 @Awk_Word_Smith I will go get it off the shelf now! 1mo
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TEArificbooks
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Wow. I am going to have to digest this one for while.

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ElderTurk
Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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Needed something to break up my fantasy fiction streak so I picked up this short and easy read. It really only opens a slither of what really happened in that time but you get the image. Mostly focuses on the true accounts of an unpredictable and unlikely love story.
“Forever is a long time, or it could be tomorrow”.

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RenePenn
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Just heart wrenching! I love that Lale and Gita found love in the most awful of circumstances. And, that their love and friendship gave them just enough hope to keep them going day to day in the midst of the nightmare they were living.

ReadingisMyPassion Great book. The follow-on two books are also really good. 4mo
RenePenn @ReadingisMyPassion I‘ll have to add to my TBR. I need something a little more light-hearted now. 4mo
ReadingisMyPassion @RenePenn I understand. They are quite heavy. 3mo
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losmith
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10/10

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SLSbooks
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Having just toured Auschwitz- Birkenau this book was clearly relevant to me, but everyone should read about this time, this place - and then take a good look at what is going on today. People are the same then as now. Where there is evil there is kindness, which should empower us to get out of our own problems and fight for the rights of all people.

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ClairesReads
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A fine, but very romantic concentration camp novel. This is a novel that skates along the surface of this atrocity, the worst is unseen and in the background. As a historian this just didn‘t do enough for me. That being said, it‘s probably an interesting read for people who are looking for less.

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Evita
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3.25 out of 5

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mobodie
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Such a good book! I love this book SO much! Raw view of the holocaust though the eyes of a young Jewish man. We follow him thorough his story: the love, the pain, and the joy of reunification with loved ones. I would 100% recommend.

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freeatlast1137
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A grueling tale of love found in the midst of the Holocaust.

This was a hard book to listen to, several times I wanted to stop because of the harsh realities that they had to face.

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Hope and love. The very fact that love could exist in such a place as Auschwitz shows that there can be a glimmer of light in the darkest of times. The hope and the love–that‘s how these people survived.
I greatly admired Lale. He never gave up on trying to help others. He risked so much to help other prisoners within the camp. One recurring quote in the book really stuck with me: “Save the one, save the world.”

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Rissa1
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A beautifully written book. #20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Loved this, although I do know it‘s accuracy has been called into question. 12mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 12mo
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rachelk
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I couldn‘t put down this compelling and surprisingly hopeful story. It had originally been written as a screenplay about the experiences of Lale Sokolov at The Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. I think some criticism of this book has to do with the fact that it still feels a bit like a screenplay — somewhat rushed as a novel, breaking the rule of ‘show don‘t tell‘. Still, it‘s an extraordinary, moving story well worth reading.

pr.alm One of my favorite books! The worst and the best of humanity in one book! 13mo
rachelk @pr.alm So true. I‘ve heard that the follow up book is excellent 13mo
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bookworm92
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Mine was The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. What was yours?

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ellaburger
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the true story of a Polish Jew deported to Auschwitz in 1942. Thanks to his skill with languages, he is made the Tätowierer (tattooist), and falls in love with a fellow inmate, vowing to survive his time in Auschwitz and live to marry her. My only complaint about this book would be that at times the story-telling felt somewhat rushed, but it is a beautiful story of love and survival that I can honestly recommend.

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mackenzie.palmarchuk
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In this book, Lale Sokolov takes us through his life in the time of WW2, when he was a prisoner and the Tätowierer in Auschwitz-Birkenau, due to being a Slovakian Jew. His experiences are horrific and brutal, but he still keeps room for compassion and love in his life. In the concentration camp, he meets the love of his life, Gita, which gives him hope that they will survive.

mackenzie.palmarchuk I would recommend this book to a mature young adult audience, anyone who enjoys a love story or learning about the Holocaust, as well as those who don‘t mind a more graphic story. The book is based on a true story from Lale Sokolov and displays the theme of hope and love surviving even in dark times and extreme hardship. We see Gita and Lale hold onto hope and use their love to make it through these disturbing and dark times of the Holocaust. 1y
MissYaremcio I love this book!! There is a second book that is told from another character! 6/6 14mo
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HiMyNames_Alyssa
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This book caught my eye because it is based on a true story. I saw a lot of people didn't care for it because of a "lack of prose." But I listened to it which probably made that less noticeable. This has romance and heartbreak but does not read like your typical romance or tear jerker, the story is worth it though.

The_Meowgan I loved this book! 1y
HiMyNames_Alyssa @The_Meowgan have you read either of the other 2 in the trilogy? 1y
The_Meowgan @HiMyNamesRysha I haven‘t yet, but definitely intend to do so. 1y
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GraesynEngler
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I LOVED this book. Picked it up and couldn‘t put it down until I finished it. Heather Morris paints a great picture of Lale & Gita and tells their story in such a compelling way. The book was heavy at times, as you would expect given the subject matter, but was a surprisingly quick read still. When I finished, I saw she wrote a book about another individual she writes about in this story. Can‘t wait to read that next!

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Beachbum
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I did a book swap with a friend who normally doesn‘t read this type of story and had me intrigued… I thoroughly enjoyed this story of endurance and love which was inspired by a true story. Total recommend!!!!

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a harrowing account of the atrocities committed during WWII that is beautifully told. I can‘t say it was an enjoyable read because of the subject nature but it‘s certainly an important, immersive and engaging story. Whilst the tale is poignant, moving and sad, there are elements of kindness and courage that really shine through proving humanity was still prevalent during one of our darkest times.

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Book 129

BookDadGirlDad On my shelf!!! I'm afraid I may cry.... 2y
MatchlessMarie I loved Richard Armitage‘s narration on the audio version 2y
PhyllisH This is such a good book. 2y
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Bookworm54
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In 1942, Lale arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. He became the Tatowierer, marking the numbers into the arms of fellow prisoners.
There he meets Gita.

Lale spends the next few years trying to survive, to ensure the survival of his love Gita, and to try to keep as many other prisoners alive as he could with the meagre help he could provide.

I chose this book for #4Horsemen #War

PhyllisH I absolutely loved this book. 2y
AkashaVampie Great job sweetie. 2y
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IamIamIam
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Finished this at lunch on a picture perfect day on the bay. Of course, I feel guilty for enjoying my day while reading about Lale, Gita, the Romany, Cilka... but I think they'd be happy that I could enjoy this time. I wish I had a different story to read about that time.

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TamTracy
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I read a lot of reviews with harsh criticism of the style of writing and inconsistencies. I don‘t care about any of that. It‘s a story told about one man‘s experience and I absolutely loved reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

bookaholic1 I totally agree, I don't read about other people's thoughts, alot of times when I have read a book that people aren't happy with, I find I quite enjoy them, and so goes the opposite. 2y
TamTracy @bookaholic1 I like hearing others opinions but in this case I just don‘t care lol. The story was so moving I didn‘t care about those things. (edited) 2y
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bookworm92
Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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I have a feeling this book is going to make me cry. I heard it is a good book though!

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LostInSpace
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A very sad and poignant memoir of two people who fell in love whilst prisoners at Auschwitz.

As I have read other memoirs similar to this I did feel the author had softened the cruelty that had happened during this time - but I suppose some readers wouldn‘t necessarily want to be exposed to the true horrors of what went on during those years.

Overall it was a love story, and two people who found hope where there wasn‘t any ❤️

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Bookgoil
Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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So I missed two books on my #bookspinbingo and one of them was a book I needed for one of the spins so I may try to read it next month but not sure it didn‘t appeal to me this last month so we‘ll see!

I count 6 bingos ❤️

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 2y
kspenmoll Fantastic! 2y
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Bookgoil
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Wow what an interesting read, I never go into a Holocaust book expecting much happiness but there were some joyful moments and definitely some feelings of fate in this one.

My #doublespin pick for #bookspinbingo

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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pr.alm
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"If you wake up in the morning, it's a good day."
- Lale Sokolov

Amazing, simply amazing! It‘s remarkable how adversity reveals humanity's worst — and its best! They found love where it wasn‘t supposed to be, in the mists of history‘s most awful atrocities!

LindaLaforgeAuthor This was a touching and finely crafted read eh :) 2y
PolaroidPoet I bought the sequel while vacationing in London. It‘s equally as good! 2y
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LindaLaforgeAuthor
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I tend to listen to most of my books these days and this particular one was superbly narrated. A harrowing tale of the human spirit triumphing in adversity it is uplifting whilst being sombre. I highly recommend it to those not looking for a light read!

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shivanishinde09
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I loved reading the book; I was invested in the love story and really could not keep the book down without knowing if they end up together. But the other plot of the book is that it is, set in Auschwitz concentration camp and something was lacking in the author's description of the horror and torture the prisoners went through. It was lacklustre and did not invoke the empathy that such a reading should generate.

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Tattooedteacher
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Almost done with this one on audio. Review to come.

CoverToCoverGirl I did an audio/book read for this.. Richard Artimage is a stellar narrator. This is a well done story. 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
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This book was compelling, well written, heart wrenching, and so so wonderful. My heart is heavy knowing that it was true and that Lale held onto his stories until his wife died because he didn't want her to know everything that he went through. 💔

tpixie Isn‘t that touching?? Keep reading, your heart will break again but it‘s so good 2y
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Tachie93
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Real tears with this one.

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Rachel.Rencher
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I am never coming home. 🌊📚☕

rockpools What a beautiful spot! 2y
GingerAntics Oh, I don‘t blame you!!! 2y
MySharonaK Lovely! Where in the world are you? (The dog is adorable too!) 2y
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Rachel.Rencher @MySharonaK We're on the Oregon Coast 🥰 2y
MySharonaK @Rachel.Rencher gorgeous ! 😍 2y
Chelsea.Poole Beautiful!! 2y
ShelleyBooksie Stunning.view 2y
Bookzombie That looks so relaxing! 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
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This is my stack that I'm bringing to the Oregon Coast next week! Lucas and I rented an airbnb on the ocean for a much needed, socially distanced vacation.

I asked the clerk at HPB for a "light read" and she recommended The Tattooist of Auschwitz. ? This was after she'd brought over like 3 stacks of books that I already owned, so I just grabbed it because I felt bad. ?

Scochrane26 Its a good book but not a “light read”. 🤣 2y
Rachel.Rencher @Scochrane26 I mean that's what I thought, but she was like "light is different for everyone". I told her light for me was Colleen Hoover, Jojo Moyes, Emily Henry, ya know. ? 2y
GingerAntics I‘m not sure I‘d call anything dealing with the Holocaust a “light” read, but okay. It‘ll be a good book at least. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
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PurpleTulipGirl The weather here on the north Oregon coast is going to be lovely next week. Wherever you are going, enjoy! 2y
Rachel.Rencher @PurpleTulipGirl We'll be in Newport! It looked like it's going to be a great week. 😍 2y
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Lola_jimmy
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This is such a beautiful, moving story. I have simply no words. It was an emotional roller coaster and really makes you stop and think of the trauma these poor people had to survive through all those years ago.

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Booknerd2
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I just finished my very first audiobook and really enjoyed it! I never thought I would be able to pay attention but it was very relaxing while I worked on this. It may be a new thing. 😊

CoverToCoverGirl Welcome to the world of audiobooking! It‘s great when for multitasking or when you‘re on the move. 🎧 📖 2y
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Jebpix
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mandycolesings
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. This book is a reality check. 2020-2022 really not that hard. Real, raw and mind-blowing that this happened not to long ago. Read it.

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twolittlefeetreads
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I hate saying this book was so-so but it kinda was. I enjoyed the story but it felt empty. There was none of the emotion I expected to feel. It read like a screenplay and not like a novel, very sterile and lacking in intimacy. Then at the end of the book it says the author originally wrote as a screenplay and then reworked it into a novel. Makes sense! Honestly it would make a great movie I think but as a novel it fell short to me.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I totally agree and I thought I was the only one!! It made a good prop for your photo!! Beautiful 💛 2y
twolittlefeetreads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you so much! 😊 2y
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sdbruening
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Given my grandma‘s family‘s history with the Nazis, this was a difficult read. Too many moments that had real family connections. I powered through it because I thought the happy relationship that resulted from a concentration camp would be a light in the dark, but it wasn‘t enough to light that much darkness for me. I‘m glad they found each other despite the Holocaust, but too much tragedy to stomach.

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Is how you treat women the way you want other men to treat your sisters?...just something to think about.

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My Rating: 5/5
I was conflicted at first reading this and realizing it was a love story set during the holocaust. I was worried that in some way it was exploiting such a tragic time. Of course, I didn't realize until I got to the afterword that it is based off of a true story. I'm glad I didn't know until the end. There really is something to this blind read thing that I'm trying. This story is hope amidst tragedy.

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During my first year of teaching, about 14 years ago, I had the privilege of hearing a holocaust survivor (Philip Riteman) speak about his unimaginable experience. Reading this book has been like hearing him all over again. It is at once hard to believe that such evil can exist in the hearts of mankind, and yet unsurprising with the frequency of proof we have seen throughout history. My heart breaks.

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WhiskeyMistress
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A novelization of a true story told by the character to the author. Originally meant as a screenplay, and it reads that way. The writing wasn‘t my favorite and it was a clunky read, the flow didn‘t work particularly well.
⭐️⭐️ out of 5 stars.
Read date: 2/6/2021