The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel

October 31, 2020
The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel

This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is basedon interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor andAuschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettablelove story in the midst of atrocity.“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, astory about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side:calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love.I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in,confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone,whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”—GraemeSimsion, internationally-bestselling author of The RosieProjectIn April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forciblytransported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Whenhis captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put towork as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked withpermanently marking his fellow prisoners.Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesseshorrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts ofbravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses hisprivileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jewsfor food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a tremblingyoung woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed ontoher arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vowsto somehow survive the camp and marry her.A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of LaleSokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousandsof prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbolsof the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament tothe endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possibleconditions.