The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher *

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris
Author: Heather Morris
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Australia
Pages: 288
Format: DRC
ISBN-10: 1760403172
ISBN-13: 9781760403171
Publisher: various formats
The Tattooist of Auschwitz

4 stars

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.

It is totally OK starting a review by just saying 'Go read this book' and stop here right?
This is a book based on a true story. The person tattooing the numbers on the arms of the prisoners telling his story. A prisoner himself. A heartbreaking story about survival, love, fear and loss. The only thing that annoyed me in reading the book was the writing at points. The book was written as a screenplay initially and this is still obvious while reading disturbing the flow at points. But let this not stop you from reading this story.
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