The Tattooist of Auschwitz

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov’s experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity

My review:

A book that shows love can happen anywhere. This a true story of Lale Eisenberg a Slovakian Jew who lands up in Auschwitz, a concentration camp. In spite of the horrendous conditions of the concentration camp Lale falls in love with Gita. An emotional book about love, survival and resilience. A book which teaches us the power of love to survive irrespective of your circumstances. Lale smuggles food for Gita and her friends to help them survive. Lale not only survives but also finds Gita and eventually settle in Australia.

A story that stays with you for along time and leaves you thinking about the holocaust survivors. The strength of character and the resilience to survive the worst torture in the history of mankind of holocaust survivors is unbelievably amazing.