The Tattooist of Auschwitz: the heart-breaking and unforgettable international bestseller Paperback – 4 Oct 2018
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a sincere...moving attempt to speak the unspeakable Source: The Sunday Times
What an extraordinary and important book this is. We need as many memories of the Holocaust as we can retain, and this is a moving and ultimately uplifting story of love, loyalties and friendship amidst the horrors of war. I'm so glad Lale and Gita were eventually able to live long and happy lives together, and thankful that Heather Morris was moved to record their incredible story. It's a triumph Source: Jill Mansell
Extraordinary - moving, confronting and uplifting . . . a story about the extremes of human behaviour: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I recommend it unreservedly' Source: Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project
Based on the true story of Lale Sokolov, who is forced to tattoo numbers on his fellow concentration camp detainees' arms. Source: The Bookseller
Nothing that I could possibly write here would be eloquent enough to convey to you how powerful and moving this book was. I could go on for pages telling you how well this is written, nothing is overdramatized...she just tell this tale that is at its bare bones a love story. I cried entire buckets of tears. Finally I will use the words of Lale "If you wake up in the morning, it is a good day" that it is. That it is Source: Netgalley Reviewer
What I loved so much about this book is that it actually made me stop and think; each and every one of those people, regardless of their number or rank within the system or whether they survived or didn't, had their own story. A quite unexpected story in fact of love, despite the odds, within the concentration camps. What's so beautiful about this book is not actually that it's true. Because it is both too beautiful and too ugly to really "enjoy" reading such an honest first hand account. What struck me the most was how quickly relationships, and very strong friendships almost akin to family, develop when times are so terrible. A hard-hitting, important book with love at it's core. A brave story shared with an author who delivers it perfectly for one man, and his love affair, who would not be defeated Source: Netgalley Reviewer
I don't like reading war time books because they get too depressing or too political. But this one was so different, it gave you hope, that even in the darkest of times if your willpower and faith is strong you can come out successful Source: Book Ninja
It is one of the rarer stories of the Holocaust, that dares to feature romance in such a place of misery, hopelessness and the dearth of birdsong. Love happened, and the unlikely, nay downright impossible, happened, and this heartfelt book is a very enjoyable presentation of that. Source: The Bookbag
A beautifully written harrowing story of one man's will to survive in Auschwitz...it is a story of hope and endurance and a beauty that emerges when all around is painted in black. As a reader you cannot help but be affected by this account the simplicity of the story telling only adds to the poignancy... Source: Library Thing
This is an outstanding read...An extremely powerful and absorbing read that had me in tears at the most surprising moments and it will be making an appearance in my Top Ten of 2017. It is due to be published in January 2018 and I hand on heart urge everyone to read it. Source: Batty About Books
For readers of Schindler's List, The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz and The Boy in the Striped PyjamasSee all Product description
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This is not a downbeat tale. The strength of the human spirit shines through on every page. It was hard to put down, I had to keep reading. And in the last pages there are amazing surprises.
A wonderful book about a truly remarkable character. I cannot recommend this more highly.
This book simply does not do it justice. Others have commented on the poor quality of writing and this is evident in that the horrors of the camp seem to happen on the other side of the wall so to speak. The writing is quite flat in that I never truly engaged with Lale. For me the issue is that after it finished, the recounting of young love while 1,000 people an hour are being pointlessly wiped out just seemed….inappropriate. This and the fact of no context. As an example Lale almost casually mentioned the Hungarians arriving in mid 1944 without expanding on the fact that half a million of them were deported to Auschwitz and murdered in little over 10 weeks. The Germans cynically delayed this action to the last minute to maximise war production prior to the Soviet advance. But you won’t read that here.
I cannot for a moment believe half the events that occurred as Lale Sokolov described them. The procuring of nylons and penicillin. The fact that he wasn’t executed on the spot after particular actions. His surviving the infamous Block 11 torture area alive. The game of football between the SS and the prisoners. The fortuitious opportunity to act as a pimp for senior officers in the late stages of the tale. The list of good fortune and coincidences is never ceasing and frankly incredulous.
It is never explained was his family background was, as his taste in fine things indicates that he clearly came from a cultured and affluent background. He never explains how he got to be fluent in over six languages across slavik, Germanic and Hungarian language groups, which is no mean feat. As another review noted, this book has dumbed down and sanitised one off the worst crimes of the millennium. Is Heather Morris truly this gullible and naïve in recounting his story? Just how much fact checking did she do? Yes, the basic detail of the death camp machinery and personnel are all present and correct, but these seem to me more a template that the story was then built.
It's a light fluffy read, and for me that just is not appropriate when writing anything to do with “Das Endlich Loesung” (The Final Solution).