The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Paperback)Heather Morris (author)
A heartfelt tale of love born in darkness, inspired by the astonishing true story of Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is as remarkable as it is life-affirming. At times almost unbearably poignant, Morris’ deft approach to the most emotive subject matter is a triumph of empathetic storytelling.
I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.
In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.
Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too.
So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.
Read an exclusive article by author Heather Morris in which she discusses the real story behind The Tattooist of Auschwitz, her friendship with Lale Sokolov and bringing his extraordinary story back to life.
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 258 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
'...a sincere...moving attempt to speak the unspeakable' - The Sunday Times
'What an extraordinary and important book this is. We need as many memories of the Holocaust as we can retain, and this is a moving and ultimately uplifting story of love, loyalties and friendship amidst the horrors of war. I'm so glad Lale and Gita were eventually able to live long and happy lives together, and thankful that Heather Morris was moved to record their incredible story. It's a triumph' - Jill Mansell
'Extraordinary - moving, confronting and uplifting... a story about the extremes of human behaviour: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I recommend it unreservedly' - Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project
'It took three years of thrice-weekly meetings between Lale Eisenberg and Heather Morris for the author to gain the survivor's trust. For that alone, readers should be indebted to Morris: Lale was a man of Herculean moral strength, and his Odyssean story of humanity, survival and eventual reunion with Gita, deserves a wide audience' - The Jewish Chronicle
'...a touching and redemptive tale of love and selflessness' - Times Literary Supplement
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