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The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris

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For some reason when my best friend told me about this book, I thought the Tattooist was a German. But when I finally started reading it, I realised this wasn’t so.

There are so many accounts of people that lived and survived the concentration camps to tell their tale (except for Anne Frank), but not many where former Nazi’s tell their side of the story. I guess I was hoping for just one to show remorse.

This book is the real life story of Lale Eisenberg, a Slovakian Jew who could speak more than five languages taken to Auschwitz. There he becomes the “Tatowierer” forced to tattoo numbers on all the new inmates. It it there he meets his future wife, Gita, and takes risks to save him and his friends from hunger. He spends almost 3 years there.

Lale Sokolov (he changed his last name after the war) passed away in 2006.

First published: 2018
Rating: 5/5 An extraordinary story

 

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