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Book Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris #AWW2019

Book review tattooist of auschwitz

Lale Sokolov is a Slovakian Jew imprisoned in Auschwitz in 1942. thanks to his ability to speak a few different languages, including German, Lale makes himself useful to the Nazis. He is made the official tattooist or the Tätowierer as he is known. It is through this role he meets Gita, another Slovakian Jew and promptly falls in love with her. But this isn’t just any love story. It is a fictionalised version of a true story of how Lale and Gita met, what they endured in Auschwitz and how close they were to losing each other and never having a future together.

This book is an intriguing account of some of the things that occurred in Auschwitz from one of the survivors. It is gruesome in some ways, yet endearing in others. From the outset, you know it isn’t a completely unhappy ending given the author interviewed Lale in order to write the book. Yet, you are drawn into the story wondering if they will make it out, wondering what their fate is.

It is not by any means the best book I’ve read from this time period but I think what makes it worthy of a read is that it is based on a true story. And in a time without much hope, there were two people who fell in love and had hope.

My rating:

Where to find the book:

Amazon | Book Depository | Booktopia | Kindle

Where to find the author:

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***Read and reviewed for the 2019 Aussie Author Challenge, Australian Women Writers Challenge, Erin’s Book Challenge 10.0 and the Write Tribe Reading Challenge***

Until next time,

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  • Shilpa Gupte
    7 March 2019 at 2:24 am

    Sounds like a good book as it belongs to the period I love reading about.
    Anne Frank’s Diary was the first book I read from that time period and I just couldn’t get over how a man could think of going to such an extent 🙁
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  • Shalzmojo
    12 March 2019 at 12:06 am

    I am pretty conflicted with my ratings and review of this book though I just love reading this genre! Your review was quite short and not the usual analytical one – makes me wonder if we are on the same wavelength here!

  • Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out
    28 March 2019 at 3:42 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts:)
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