The Tattooist of Auschwitz | Review

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heather Morris
True life
Bonnier Publishing
27th January 2018
Kindle Document

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.

Considering the subject matter, is it wrong to say that I enjoyed reading this?


I stayed away from reading ‘the boy in the striped pyjamas’ because I know what the book contained and I wanted to be entertained, I did not want to read something that would make my heartache.

For me 2018 is hopefully going to be the year that I break out of my reading mold and reach out to books that I would normally bypass, and this would most defiantly be one of those books.

This is the whole  point of challenges , to push yourself out of your comfort zone and golly, I am glad that I was offered this to read and clicked accept.

This book is written so well and it a joy to read, the words just melted off the page and you are turning page by page.

It is also an utterly harrowing tale of a mans desire to survive against the odds and come out the other end alive and in love!

The aforementioned gentlemen is called Lale Sokolov and he was THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, forced to work by the Germans in the POW camp.

In 1942 Slovakian families were required to offer up a member of their family to work or face the whole family being sent to a concentration camp, Lale was this person. He thought that by doing this, he would be saving his family, little did he know that he was going to arrive at Auschwitz.

Lale did not expect to find love whilst her was there, but love he found, amongst the pain and the suffering, he tattooed her arm and took her heart with it.

There is SO much more to this book than I have outlined here, the intolerable cruelty of this place and  of the people who lived, worked and died there.

This book is totally engaging and defiantly should be on your 2018 reading list, whether you like this subject matter or not, it is written like fiction, but certainly is not, it is an extraordinary bid for life and an amazing book to have in your collection.

Thank you NETGALLEY and the PUBLISHERS for letting me read this, I am really happy to have done so and well done HEATHER MORRIS for writing it so well.

Thank you for dropping by and I look forward to seeing you here again!

Have a booktastic day!