A heartbreaking, yet hopeful, love story set during the Holocaust
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AUTHOR: Heather Morris
GENRE: Historical Fiction
LENGTH: 288 pages (paperback edition)
FIRST PUBLISHED: 2018
I’ll admit that The Tattooist of Auschwitz sat on my TBR list for a long time. It was a bestselling book and highly recommended, so I definitely wanted to read it. But, the world has been so heavy lately that I was not sure I was ready to read a book set in a concentration camp. I wish I would have picked it up earlier!
This book was based on the true story of Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew that was sent to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. After it was discovered that he spoke several languages, he was given the job of tattooing his fellow prisoners. A heartbreaking and hard task, to be sure. One day, he meets a new prisoner named Gita and it was love at first sight.
This powerful love story set in such a horrific place tore at my heart. I couldn’t put it down until I had learned the fates of Lale, Gita, and all of the other characters in the book.
This book definitely lived up to the hype and it’s well-deserved place on bestseller lists. I’m so glad I read it. It’s a great choice for anyone who loves World War II historical fiction.