This book is a harrowing tale based on real-life interviews with Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov, a Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist. During his two-and-a-half-year imprisonment in the notorious German death camp, Lale witnesses many inhumane atrocities. Beyond those, however, he also sees remarkable acts of selfless bravery and compassion. Lale himself finds ways to use his privileged position to help fellow prisoners.
It's these latter elements that shine welcome beams of light into this book about one of the darkest periods of human history. A testament to courage, endurance, and the strength of the spirit, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is ultimately hopeful, a celebration of life and love.
For decade upon decade, Lale's story was one that desperately needed to be told. And now, as the number of those who witnessed the terror that was Nazi Germany dwindles, it is a story that desperately needs to be read. —BookPage*
Author Heather Morris has woven a powerful and compelling work of fiction from the true accounts gleaned from Sokolov himself. The result? A moving, inspirational novel that will stay with you long after you've read the final page.
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