The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

By Heather Morris

  • Release Date: 2018-01-25
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 5
From 249 Ratings
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"The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved.

Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies’ man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of Tätowierer– the tattooist – to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance.

His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good.

This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz- Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable.


  • Stunning!

    By Smithy
    And absolutely amazing story about two people who did what they have to do to survive. This should be turned into a film.
  • Powerful story

    By makingmemark
    Thank you for sharing your story Lale (and Gita).
  • A Holocaust Book That Manages To Leave You Smiling

    By Relle090
    The title of this review says it all really. While this book doesn’t hold back and presents a realistic picture of life at Auschwitz, there is also a sweetness and a tenderness that you don’t often see. Lale’s spirit couldn’t be broken. I only wish I could have met him
  • Great story

    By Libby7
    Absolutely loved this book
  • Real, hard hitting and well written

    By Melmoomoo
    Amazing tale of resilience. Absolutely horrible circumstances in which the story is based around but it a must read book, couldn’t put it down.
  • Exceptional

    By Leggy from Down Under
    I did a guided tour of the concetration camps on my travels to Poland recently & while reading this books I relived the experience through visual memories. The train tracks, the famous gate, the crematoriums, furnaces, cell blocks to name but a few. Mans inhumanity to man at it’s best however the book simply follows the lives of those subject to the horros of war & even though it is not a lengthy story it really packs a punch. Our guide was particularly passionate & I came a way exhausted just as I did with the book even though the conclusion was simply amazing. Well done Heather.
  • The Tattooist Of Auschwitz

    By Kristen8503
    This is a very well written account of a terrible experience with a beautiful ending. Lale & Gita are truely special individuals.
  • Too slow

    By Koboodle
    Was a good real life story of true events but the story was really slow. Only really had me interested in the ending.
  • Brilliant

    By Maria7474
    Brilliant read. Highly recommended.
  • A story that stays with you

    By Mydudesugottafix
    I cannot express the feelings I felt while reading this novel.