The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Feb 19, 2020

I really loved reading this book. I have an Aunt who survived Auschwitz so I tend to stray away from these types of books because they never truly express what life was really like for these people and what they would do to survive. This book was an easy read and a beautiful story about survival, love and strength. I did however, find the ending very rushed as if they were trying to just finish off the book. I felt that this book really captured what days and nights were really like while still making it a bearable read. I would definitely recommend this book!

Feb 17, 2020

having pushed forward, however reluctantly, on the strength of favourable notices, to page 54 only, I finally put the book down for its being not only improbable, but also poorly written, the horrors of Auschwitz turned into a pulpy "true romance" - yech

Feb 12, 2020

This is a simple, quick read told in a straightforward fashion. I came away with a sense that the real Lali Sokolov was a bright, quick-witted man with a huge, generous heart. He did what he needed to do in order to survive, just as anyone would do when facing possible death each day. How fortunate we are that he finally, as an old man, told his story as he remembered it some 60 years later. I have no patience for those who nit-pick the details of his 3 years of surviving Auschwitz – this is his narrative, his truth, as he remembered it and shared the details with the author. A worthwhile read.

Jan 25, 2020

Ultimately, I could not find much to recommend in this book. It's meant to be a tale of survival. However, I cannot get past the fact that the main character survived by working with the Nazis. Furthermore, he steals from the personal belongings confiscated by Nazi officers from their victim to bribe guards and buy favors and special treatment for himself and woman he loves. I'm sure it's hard to find morality, even among the prisoners, in a concentration camp, but the tattooist's only morality seems to be that he and his girlfriend must survive.

Jan 23, 2020

Great story. Read it in a day.

Jan 08, 2020

The author, Heather Morris, has portrayed strong emotions in the main characters. This book contains romance and action which are two things I enjoy to read in a novel. It is also historical as it talks about the Second World War as well as including the significance of the Auschwitz Concentration Camps during that war. In the first couple of chapters, we are powerfully introduced to a very important man named Lale. As I continued to read the story, I got more pulled in as soon as a new character joins the story. This novel was very enjoyable and I also learned more about World War II that I did not know about which was very interesting. I would rate this novel a nine out of ten. @YoumnaLovesBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 05, 2020


Last year, I found myself getting a bit burnt out on WWI and WWII historical fiction novels. I found that many were following a formula of based on true stories of women, lighter romance and/or secret spies. A few I read were amazing, but on the whole I have been meh. Some I haven't been able to get through, some I think I might like once I take a break and have put to the side, and some have been like The Tattooist of Auschwitz. It is engaging, and because it is a true story it is plausible, and an "easy read" (not on subject matter, but rather how it is written). I continued to read this novel, rather than putting it aside, because this was the best it was going to be for me, I am afraid. Maybe I went into this with too high of expectations - as most people loved this book. I did find the tattooing of prisoners interesting, as I have not heard too much about that in my studies. I will be reading Cilka's Journey as the synopsis sounds really intriguing.

Jan 02, 2020

This book was a quick read for me. I could not put it down. No matter what they were put through, their love survived. They had something to live for. My heart breaks for all who lost their lives to this war.

Dec 29, 2019


Nov 25, 2019

I had higher expectations for this book based on it’s popularity and the reviews. I found it overly simplistic and did not feel the characters were well developed. It was without any new insights. I found some of the story improbable and was therefore not surprised to learn of the many historical inaccuracies. I think the author or editors could have done a better job of fact checking. In the end I also felt that the two main characters were collaborating with the Natzis and that this behavior continued with collaborating with the Russians after the war. Would have been a better read if this aspect of survival had been explored more.

Nov 08, 2019

Really enjoyed this story of survival related in such a compelling and direct way. It made me want to know more.

Oct 30, 2019

Such an excellent read!!

Oct 22, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although the setting and plot was very sad. Based on the life of the true tattooist of Auschwitz. Well worth the time.

Oct 18, 2019

This was a great book. Heather Morris wrote a poignant book of survival and love. Parts of the story are difficult to read but necessary to show the true horror of the holocaust. It is important to know the hard truths of history as to not repeat it. This should be required reading for students. God bless Lale and Gita and all survivors everywhere.

AnnabelleLee27 Oct 03, 2019

An inspiring novel based on a true story of how love can arise in even the most grim of circumstances and how it can sustain survival. The storytelling is direct, sparse, and uncomplicated.

Sep 26, 2019

Absolutely excellent book, based on actual events.

ArapahoeSarahH Sep 18, 2019

Read in one sitting, as I had to find out what happened to Lale and Gita. This is yet another account of the horrors of WWII, but also sheds light on the beauty, resourcefulness and humanity that continued even in such a place and time.

Sep 17, 2019

Read at one sitting as the author's writing style, characters and story was so enjoyable

Sep 14, 2019

Engaging easy read

Sep 01, 2019

It was a tragic story told beautifully.

Aug 26, 2019

Great story

Jul 30, 2019

A love story that formed at one of the most horrific places in the world - the concentration camp of Auschwitz during WW2. I wasn't even aware that love was remotely possible at a concentration camp. I thought the book was well written and perhaps my low(er) rating is only because I have read too many WW2 books as of late.

Jul 17, 2019

Even if most were true or fact-based, I found the conformist (survival instinct, charity or humanity in adversity) overtone is a cliche, and was affected little by Lale's personal romance in an extreme circumstance. However I was more intrigued by his hiatus with Russian Army ... after his escape the prison, but before his reunion with Gita.
Lali/Lale still appears to be an interesting character, I'd hope him to be re-written with more textured and nuanced shadow revealed in light of true wisdom.

A heart-breaking story - difficult to read but one everyone should read. Lale, the tattooist, never stops helping others and ends up with the one he loves.

Jul 10, 2019

Finally finished it. Took a long while as the writing style is jarring. No book, fiction or otherwise involving the Holocaust is an easy read but after I was done and learned of all the inaccuracies, was very disappointed. Why didn't Ms Morris write it as a biography?? I would love to know more about this couple but don't believe half of what happened in the book to be true. Unfortunate loss of a great opportunity to tell their story. Doubly sad to hear that the correct spelling of his name wasn't even used! I hope their son will write his own real version.

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