For readers of Schindler's List, The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes a heart-breaking story of the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.
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 true love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.
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A difficult read
Mon, 12 Feb 2018 | Review by: Sue @ Crushingcinders
A ghost-written memoir of a life interrupted, of perseverance and endurance, of finding love and holding onto it through one of the worst cases of genocide recorded.
The story its self -being a true version of events as recalled by Lale - can't be judged.
The portrayal of the story was rather dry and unemotional. Giving so little of the Lale and Gita's personalities - whether because Lale himself tended to keep his emotions private, or perhaps the ghost-writers style - was a risk, and not one worth taking. History has an awful tendency to repeat its self and the horrific events that took place in the concentration camps don't stand alone. Similar atrocities have and will occur again. So please bring your stories to life by exposing more of yourself in the characters. People respond to thoughts and emotions far more than facts alone. And more people need to read these stories so that the lives involved are counted and hopefully, desperately that these events are not repeated.
I was voluntarily provided with a complimentary review copy by the publisher.
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