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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 📖📖📖📖📖
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.
“ To Save One, Is To Save Mankind “.
This was a powerful book!
And there goes another one that has me crying as I‘m finishing up. I try to read a lot about WW2 - fiction and nonfiction - because I never want to forget about the things my country has done. There is no use in pretending like there isn‘t any dark history there. But it never gets any easier to read about it. Cilka is waiting as one of my #netgalley books so that one will be up soon. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Reading early because I can‘t sleep due to nausea. Moving on to my next library book that came in the middle of the #NetGalley #reviewathon. I‘m pretty sure another one is coming off my hold list soon too and while I‘m super excited for that one, I hate that they‘re interrupting my catching up on galleys.
Based on a true story of Holocaust survivor Lale, who as a prisoner becomes the tattooist for incoming prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Because he is so loathed by other prisoners, Lale is afforded special privileges - better housing, more food, more freedom to move around. In spite of the horribleness, this is a story of love between Lale and Gita, a fellow prisoner. It provides hope for humanity.
A chilling account of a young Jewish man (Lale) forced to brand prisoners with a number that defines them at camp and in life if they are lucky enough to survive the end of the war. He is deeply enthralled with one young lady (Gita) barely 19 with piercing deep eyes. Hope & love is the only salvation to survive the bitter, bloody camp. The story told through Lale's memories and his son's recollection of his parents story is an admirable tribute.
Can you imagine meeting the love of your life in Auschwitz? Though this incredible story reads like fiction, for Lale and Gita Sokolov, this was the reality of their life. I agree with other readers that the writing doesn‘t make this a literary masterpiece, but it doesn‘t have to—the story is so valuable, and it‘s astonishing to think after so many years there are still powerful stories of survival and heroism like this one waiting to be told.
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, easy read. I initially thought it was going to be a bit more about his actual job as a tattooist as well as the people and situations he encountered. The friend I borrowed it from warned me it was a bit of a love story and I am grateful she had. It was a good book but I was a little less interested in the love story part. I would recommend however!
I interrupt my baking to bring you my #letstravelaugust with a very non baking book
Earlier this week Paullina Simons was in town for an event with Heather Morris so it seems fitting to post their books so closely together even though I didn't go to the event. I don't recall reading many books set in Poland that aren't about WWII.
I literally had no idea this was based on a true story of Lale and Gita (🙈) until I read the the afterword and the authors note when I finished it... then cue the tears.
I loved the story, even if the writing was a little disjointed. But the ending? Hated it. It‘s a short novel, she could have easily added a few dozen pages to make it seem like she cared how it wrapped up.
I‘m in the minority as I‘m not on board with this one. I‘m aware it‘s a novel, written based on the story the survivor told the author. Stories of the Holocaust, which I‘ve read a few, true account or fictionalised, are heartbreaking and devastating but this feels meh..not sure if it‘s the writing or because it‘s a love story set amidst the horror. 🤷♀️ Disappointed.
I was reading the tagged book and coincidentally this came up on my fb newsfeed. For those on fb, watch the video here. A new haunting perspective.
Week 5 #bfcr2 check-in already?! It‘s been a busy week, but I still managed to finish one book and two audiobooks. Last Sunday we went for a hike and played in the creek, walked every day during my breaks at work, and got in two miles on the treadmill this morning! Books of these books were enjoyable, though I must say Big Little Lies was a little slow. I‘m hoping the show is better...
What a profound and amazing story. I am in a state of shock and horror at the comparisons between what the story showed and what is happening in the United States. The triumph of love over death and hate that surrounded them in the camp is astounding.
This is an excellent and important read, for everyone to understand the horrors of what has happen and what is happening at the U.S border. The similarities are strikingly similar.
Started this book today and am already this far in. Anybody else read this one??
Starting listening to this book. This is a hard read. I know not all of it is accurate. But damn the abuse and treatment is very close to what we are doing in the states and i think that is what os so hard about this
Weekly Check In:
44 miles walked!
Finished The Senator Next Door
Started: The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
#BFC19 #BFC #BookFitnessChallenge
I‘m currently in the middle of 2 books, both of which are upstairs. So I started a new one cause that seemed easier 🤣 officially kicking off #24in48