A story of courage and compassion I never would have imagined from Auschwitz

Check out The Tattooist of Auschwitz – #1 New York Times Bestseller and #1 International Bestseller

Referred to as a beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage, this book covers interviews of Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”—Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, was forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discovered that he spoke several languages, he was assigned to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist). This led to forced work permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnessed atrocious and barbaric activities against all prisoners, while some of those same prisoners proved to be brave and compassionate. Risking his own life, he used his position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov’s experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

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