The Tattooist of Auschwitz
ISBN: 0062797158
EAN13: 9780062797155
Language: English
Publication Date: Sep 4, 2018
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.65" H x 8" L x 5.31" W
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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.

There have been many books about the Holocaust--and there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov's incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners and he was determined to survive--not just to survive, but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is also--almost unbelievably--a love story. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale--a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer--it was love at first Read More chevron_right

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This book is riveting and moving. This true story tells of a Jewish prisoner's struggle with himself. He tattoos his fellow prisoners - with this he does both harm and good. The themes explore the struggle we all have within ourselves - a battle between good and evil with no clear lines. Highly recommend this. Ethically fascinating.
 
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