Monday, February 4, 2019

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Release Date: September 4th, 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 272 Pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
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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 T├Ątowierer (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.
“If you wake up in the morning, it is a good day.” 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the traumatic true story of Lale. A Jewish Slovakian who is transported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. He is given the job as the tattooist that marks the prisoners with their numbers. It is at this camp where Lale lay eyes on Gita, a female prisoner at the camp. The agonizing details described in this book will leave you sick and angry. The horrors that people endeared at the hands of Hitler's reign is nothing short of monstrous and vicious. Despite these heinous acts Lale and the other prisoners find it in themselves to stay hopeful. Despite being ripped from their families, and not knowing the fate of their loved ones, they left themselves open to love and established a family within the barbed wire of the camp. 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a love story, yes, but it goes beyond that. It is the harrowing tale of survival and resilience. It shows that even in the darkest of moments, a vast blackness that is trying to eat you up whole, you can still find beauty. You steal moments to tell jokes, laugh and hope.

Lale and Gita stole my heart. Their story is one that will be with me forever. The stories of the other prisoners will stay with me. And the stories of those that did not make it to share those stories themselves will forever be in my heart. 

Expectedly, this book will stir a lot of emotions out of you. You will cry and my god, you will get angry. But, that will all soften as you watch the relationship between Lale and Gita flourish. Their story is the rose that grew through the cement.
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