Book Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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.

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 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 WW2 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 WW2 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.

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