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The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heaher Morris
The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved. Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of Ttowierer the tattooist to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance. His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good. This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz- Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable.
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I'm rereading the tagged book. It's heartbreaking. I have no words. There are many alive today who believe it is "Jewish propaganda" something I've been told to my face and that I'm a "lying murderous jew". We can #neverforget and we must teach our children. This can never happen again. (I know I've been posting about the holocaust lately sorry if it upsets anyone my experiance hit me hard and It impacted me greatly)

#NEVERFORGET #NEVERAGAIN

AprilMae I had a crazy intense argument in high school with a kid 3 or so grades older than me about that same thing. His parents or something basically told him that it never happened. I got so, so, so angry with him. So the people who lost family were lying? So the people who have those tattoos and the terrible scars were lying? So Germany and Poland have these giant random buildings and sites set aside BECAUSE NOTHING HAPPENED????? 1mo
Chrissyreadit It should hit hard- and should be taught and discussed - sometimes I think we did not learn a damn thing. 1mo
Insightsintobooks @AprilMae wow, I'm suprised he didn't learn at least something about it in High school. I heard more schools are making holocaust education mandatory which I believe is a good thing. 1mo
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AprilMae I couldn't believe that this guy, who had to take the same history class as I would the following year, which was a huge in depth look at the Holocaust and the war, didn't believe it. After all the stories, the videos and the haunting photographs, he just didn't get it. 1mo
AprilMae The following year I had the opportunity to visit Dachau on a trip to Germany. It was an (for lack of a better term) amazing yet terrifying sight to see. In the 2-3 hours we were there is would end up crying numerous times. I honestly think that if these non-believers who think it never happened had to go to one of the camps, saw the crematorium, saw the massive pile of shoes from the victims, still there! Maybe they would understand. 1mo
AprilMae @Insightsintobooks my school did a great job on teaching it. And maybe I'm just a history nerd who soaks up all the history, but I think that class was one of the more well liked classes (not because of subject matter but because of how it was taught). I fully support a well taught Holocaust class be mandatory for all students. 1mo
AprilMae (Also, sorry to take over your comments @Insightsintobooks !!! But I too, am passionate about people knowing about this) 1mo
Insightsintobooks @AprilMae I agree, and one would only hope. 1mo
Insightsintobooks @AprilMae it's okay. I understand. 1mo
Insightsintobooks @Chrissyreadit I agree that sometimes it feels that way. 1mo
nichollinlove In high school I hosted two girls from Germany and the very first night here they apologized with tears in their eyes for the Holocaust. At 15, I was beside myself, something that seemed like a lifetime ago to me was something these girls still felt the burden and shame of. That experience helped open my eyes and my heart more than anything I learned in a textbook at school. 1mo
nichollinlove Also, I just started reading Tattoist of Auschwitz and 50 pages in, my heart is just breaking. It's hard to understand how this could happen. How men/soldiers could be so blindly cruel. I can't imagine how dense you would have to be to choose to believe this didn't happen. It's disrespectful and shameful as a thought alone. 1mo
Insightsintobooks @nichollinlove I agree it is a shameful thought. 1mo
Lifeisasnap I met a 20ish gal the other day that denied it ever happened & that all the historians were making it up because we are a war loving nation. I almost slapped her face! My grand uncle was liberated from Auschwitz-Birkenau & yet never returned to his family. My poor Oma didn‘t know her brother had been liberated when she died at the age of 92. My uncle found out after they went to the camp & saw his name in the book. It was a blessing & traumatic. 1mo
Lifeisasnap Have you read Cilka‘s Journey yet? I found it more hopeful and yet even more heartbreaking. If you haven‘t read it I recommend it. 1mo
Insightsintobooks @Lifeisasnap I'm so sorry. And yes I have read Cilka's Journey. 1mo
Ddzmini 😨😰😰😰 1mo
AnneCecilie That quote really is food for thought. I‘ve visited Auschwitz a while back and then the immensity of it all hit me. Rows and rows and rows of chimneys, as far as the eye can see. When I left, I was in tears 1mo
Gaylagal2 Have you seen Prosecuting Evil on Netflix? The man is a hero for what he did and his perseverance to prosecute natzis👊🤙 1mo
Insightsintobooks @Gaylagal2 no, I haven't. I actually don't have Netflix. 1mo
Insightsintobooks @AnneCecilie I agree about the quote. I can only imagine what visting Auschwitz was like, I've never been, but maybe one day. 1mo
CarolynM I've met someone who was with the first British troops into Belsen-Belsen. I suppose he was lying too😡 1mo
Cinfhen Such a powerful quote! I recently read this book and I was astonished by new “material” I wasn‘t aware of. Really heartbreaking. 1mo
Insightsintobooks @Cinfhen it is. Have you read Cilkas Journey yet? 1mo
Cinfhen Not yet, it‘s high up on my #WishList 1mo
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This is a true story written in novel form about a Jewish man imprisoned at Auschwitz whose job was to tattoo all the new prisoners. While at Auschwitz, he fell in love with another prisoner and used his position to ingratiate himself with several guards and officials to protect himself and her. His actions are presented as simply a matter of survival. This novel is a haunting picture of love in the midst of death and unimaginable horror.

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Soupkidmc
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This book is great!! It‘s written well, the story is unbelievable and the history is telling. It pulled at my emotions a time of two knowing that it had actually happened. I felt like I was at war with them both

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I wasn't aware that it is a fictionalized account of a true story until the end. I enjoyed the book, but I felt like there was something missing for me. What that something is I can't quite put my finger on.

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Quick read for me. Intriguing and heartbreaking. It is unfathomable the cruelty of genocide. Stories like these are hard to read but they are a must. I can‘t believe that people exist who try to challenge the credibility of the holocaust and it‘s survivors.

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Rupi
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Book #21

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Bookboss
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Until we have heard the story of each person who was hurt or killed in the Holocaust, we have not heard enough stories. We must always remember. This is a heartbreaking, fascinating story of suffering and survival. I wish the author was more adept at writing prose, but still the story is important.

tammysue 🖤 9mo
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darklydreaming
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@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

1. Bookstore 😍
2. Receiving the email that “A Man Called Ove” was in!
3. Most recently, the tagged book.
4. A Wrinkle in Time (overrated). Sorry 🙈
5. My most recent 5! @rheareads @dariazeoli @Samantha.1020 @gradcat @DannyHattan

Eggs #3!! Thanks for playing 🤗 10mo
DannyHattan 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 10mo
gradcat Thanks for the tag!! 😊😊😊 10mo
dariazeoli Thanks for the tag! I‘m sorry I missed Wednesday! (edited) 10mo
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darklydreaming
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Cozied up in front of the fireplace in cottage country this morning. Soon we will take a walk on the frozen lake! It is so beautiful and peaceful up here.

Feeling extremely grateful (and free!) as I read about the inhumane way these poor people were treated.

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I really should be working but I wanted to finish this for book club tonight. So glad I did. I don‘t have the words to describe how I feel about it. 😢

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darklydreaming
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Starting this one this cold, sunny morning ❤️

Vinny loves to cuddle with me while I‘m reading. #catsoflitsy

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“Choosing to live is an act of defiance, a form of heroism.”

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kristafred
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I started this book during lunch today... It is fascinating and I'm having trouble putting it down.. I'd recommend it and I've only read 50 pages so far.

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TheLorax
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I stayed up so late last night to finish this book, here‘s my wake up coffee this morning! Thanks for the suggestion @ReadingDownUnder It is amazing that this love story occurred amongst the horror. So many brave souls who would do anything to survive.

ReadingDownUnder It was so good! Glad you liked it too. 11mo
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DHill
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Too many other books started but this one looked so good I just had to start it.

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Djspens
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Taking a short break from #Becoming to read this on this cold, snowy day.. After having visited the Holocaust museum in D.C. last winter, I'm drawn to reading stories like these. I just find it unimaginable that this is a true history that happened.... And not that long ago....#auschwitz #holocaust #remember

Julsmarshall The Holocaust Museum@was so powerful! I need to add this to my reading list. 11mo
Djspens "How can someone do this to another human being?" 11mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen lots of positive reviews for this book, so I was sad to see there is some controversy around the accuracy of the story https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/dec/07/the-tattooist-of-auschwitz-attacke...

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Cinfhen Not to diminish ANYTHING that happened in ANY WAY. The Holocaust is one of the most horrific events in modern times and I think it‘s imperative that we keep reading survivors stories. 11mo
Djspens @Cinfhen I'm not concerned that it's not completely factual. An old man shared his survival story, there's enough truth to the story for me.... Thanks for sharing the article, though.... 11mo
Cinfhen I agree!! As the survivor‘s are aging soon we won‘t have them around any longer to offer their testimony so every story is so important. 11mo
Djspens Such a great, and sad, read 😞 11mo
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kayo
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Heartbreaking, but a good read.

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CatLass007
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My first book of 2019 is finished. This book was sad, heart wrenching, and lovely. I highly recommend it.

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serendiipitous
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A book based on a true story #popsugar2019challenge

I'm reading this so fast! It's so touching but so disheartening at the same time.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 11mo
AnneFindsJoy Welcome to Litsy! 11mo
greenhairdontcare Welcome to Litsy! 💚 11mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!📚📖💜💛💙 11mo
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Second read of 2019

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mcctrish
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I had saved this book to read until our Christmas trip to Munich and Vienna. We went to Dachau while there. It was another level of reading comprehension to walk through the gates at Dachau ( Work will set you free) and read Lale‘s description of his camps and then walk around Dachau. Our trip to the memorial was the highlight of the whole trip for my teenage sons.

TrishB Such a learning experience. 11mo
mcctrish Yes @TrishB a great one 11mo
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abbielistenstobooks
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wait this is based on a true story??

aprilpohren My daughter wants to read this. It does sound good. 11mo
abbielistenstobooks @aprilpohren I'm close to the end now and it's so good 11mo
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mcctrish
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I have had a horrible migraine today, no idea why, so we have had a very chill January 1 in Vienna today.

Lmstraubie Feel better! 11mo
JacqMac I hope you feel better soon. 11mo
mcctrish @Lmstraubie & @JacqMac thank you both, I am feeling much better now and I am so happy we have an apartment here in Vienna so there is a lot of personal space, there are many sporting events on tv so my boys are happy to just chill out and watch and I finally finished My Brilliant Friend so I can read something good 11mo
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ReadingDownUnder
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Very engaging. Had to read nearly non-stop. She‘s done a good job telling his story.

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I never tire of WWII historical fiction. This retelling of Lale Sokolov and his role as a Tattooist in Auschwitz is a fascinating story of survival. Lale Eisenberg is taken to Auschwitz but then is put in a position of Tattooist which in turn allows him to survive. While there he falls in love with Gita and the story of their lives in Birkenau and Auschwitz are reminders of how so many suffered at the hands of the Nazis.

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I was impressed! The story line, up until the end, was amazing. I found myself understanding Lale‘s character and loving Gita the same way he had. The trauma the couple went through was astounding. Some parts feel rushed though. There could have been more elaboration on the more traumatic parts that made Auschwitz, Auschwitz.
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