The Tattooist of Auchwitz (Heather Morris)

I’ve been seeing The Tattooist of Auchwitz on shelves, on reading lists, on recommendations for quite a while now, but I wanted to wait until the paperback was available, then I was book-banned so I wasn’t buying anything…you get the gist – lots of delays. Then, it popped up on my work shelf! Bingo! I read it that night.

Title: The Tattooist of Auchwitz
Author: Heather Morris
Published: 2018
Pages: 288
Format: paperback (shared shelf)

Based on a true story, this is the tale of Lale, who’s charm, survival and langugae skills land him the role of tattoist at Auchwitz from shortly after his arrival. His role is to tattoo the numbers into every new arrival into the camps and try not to draw the attention of Herr Dockter. One day, he tattoos the arm of a young woman, and his mission changes from getting himself out of the camp alive, to getting them both out.

What I liked about this is the way it is written – there is this sense of being there but being apart as well that makes it so much more powerful (for me). It was beautifully written, and so full of hope. Lale is so convinced that he and Gita will survive. And honestly, when the gypsies event happened I was heartbroken for him. What I really liked was that it wasn’t just Lale and Gita, but it also features brief asides into one of Gita’s beautiful friends who draws the attention of one of the Germans in command. And the divisions within the camp, that becomes their entire world.

I’ve been putting off writing the review for this because it is hard to put into words how it made me feel. So, I think I’ll have to stop, and just finish this off with the recommendation that you really should read this, and draw your own conclusions.


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