The Tattooist of Auschwitz: Book Summary

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is a true tale about survival during the holocaust. It is a sad tale but a tale that needed to be told and Morris did a wonderful job telling the story. Read our summary of the novel below!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: Summary

Lale Sokolov is a prisoner when the novel starts. He is being taken to Auschwitz and we find out how he came to be arrested and transported. We follow him on his horrible journey and all he does to survive the concentration camp and the war. He is assigned to be a tattooist and we see him fight his oppressors as he is forced to work for them.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz novel
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris summary

Background Information

The novel was meant to be a screenplay at first. Sokolov told Morris about his experience in Auschwitz after Lale’s wife passed away. Morris and Sokolov met for three years until Sokolov passed away in 2006.

Stories about the atrocities that happened in concentration camps in World War II are horrible and reading about them affects you. Yet these stories need to be told so we don’t let those atrocities happen again.

There are a lot of stories about World War II and Morris has put her novel at the top of the must read lists. This book is heartbreaking and shows how strong people can be when everything is against them. Sokolov helped many people and was able to find love in a despondent place. I recommend this book to everyone who likes a good story.


Some novels cannot be properly covered in a book review. The pain, struggle, and beautiful storytelling cannot be caught in a 300 word blog post. The best way to experience a novel like The Tattooist of Auschwitz is to read it yourself. Partly because it is a true story that I believe that I am unable to provide a good summary of the novel.

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