The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

By Heather Morris

  • Release Date: 2018-09-04
  • Genre: Historical
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 3,012 Ratings)


The #1 International Bestseller & New York Times Bestseller

This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.

“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story 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.”—Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project

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 over 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 under the darkest possible conditions.


  • Tatoist of auschwitz

    By Granmavred
    As i sit in quarantine & read Lale & Gita”s story, i have experienced sorrow, inspiration, & joy. The horror & loss of so many innocent lives during the holocaust is something the world should never forget. Thank you for telling their story- i will remember. The inspiration that they survived such horror & were able to love & build a life... may it give others who are struggling hope for tomorrow. May we each be a vessel to help those around us in need in any small or great measure we can within our ability at the moment. Lale”s heart to help others is an example to follow. Blessings to you 💓 Debra
  • Amazing. So amazing.

    By Every nickname I pick it takin
    Where to start with this book...? It is an amazing story. The characters are real and this was their life. It tells of their perseverance and love. It also lets us in on the horrific things the people went through in the camps (if they even survived). This is one book I can say I do plan on reading again, and I never say that about novels. It’s heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. Hard to read at times because it can be sad but, it’s also impossible to put down.
  • Powerful

    By getajobyo
    This is such a wonderful read. It’s written beautifully and flows smoothly from start to finish. Highly recommend!
  • Outstanding book

    By SM from TX
    So terribly sad what happened in Auschwitz to innocent people
  • Grupping

    By CN170
    Read the entire thing through one sitting. Literally could not put down!
  • Touching Story

    By TwoCortWort
    We all have heard of the horrors those experienced during WW2 and the concentration camps. This tells about Lale Sokolov’s story of finding love and surviving the horrors at Auschwitz. Very good book.
  • Beautiful story

    By godfty
    The story is amazing but the writing and execution of the ending were my favorite parts
  • An Extraordinary Story in Extraordinary Times

    By Funkwench
    I poured over this novel in the course of several days. Having read many books on the subject of The Holocaust and concentration camps, I found the tale of Lale and Gita to be a compelling love story. At times, the events seem to be hard to fathom especially Lale’s bartering for gems, food, and the many fortunate situations that preserved his life. A cat with nine lives, indeed. The screenplay and subsequent book by Heather Morris was a somewhat fictionalized account of an extraordinarily dark time in history. She brought light, love, and humanity to it. Worth the read.
  • Incredible

    By T-Town Chick
    This is an incredible book. I couldn't put it down. So well written and such a trying story of survival and love.
  • Loved

    By Rissa29
    Very well written! Couldn’t put it down! I love the history that is shared through his journey. Such a great read!