The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

By Heather Morris

  • Release Date: 2018-09-04
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 2,013 Ratings


The #1 International Bestseller & New York Times Bestseller

This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with 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, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his 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.


  • Loved

    By Rissa29
    Very well written! Couldn’t put it down! I love the history that is shared through his journey. Such a great read!
  • Wow, what a great book about a horrible time in history

    By orior1e
    This book was incredible. The author’s writing style is easy to follow and I plan on looking into other work she’s done. Lale’s (the tattooist) story is one everyone should know. I highly recommend reading this book!
  • Great Read

    By Emma K.S.
    Amazing story from the beginning until the end! Finished it in two days. Couldn’t put the book down.
  • Not worth the expense!

    By bitte500
    I found this a novel of fiction. I am not a historian but have read numerous accounts of the concentration camps. Lale made it seem easy to get food and gems and hide them away to share with his starving inmates. These unfortunate people were starved and worked mercilessly. They were shot and killed for the smallest infraction. He had so many gems that he shared one with an SS guard! Come on. The SS guards were terrifying to the people. They had total control and lacked sympathy or empathy. This novel trivialized what these millions of people suffered in the camps and not just Auschwitz but the thousands of camps in Germany and Poland. Terrible unlikely story of a heartbreaking time in the history of the world.
  • This is a MUST READ!

    By Bria448
    As soon as I finished the last page, I wanted to reread it all over again! I didn’t want it to be over! Heather Morris does an amazing job of telling Lale’s incredibly true story. She bring his story to life for us younger generation to connect to history.
  • Great book

    By Jaebrooke16
    Quick read and great book. Super interesting to hear about some of the details of his life.
  • A riveting, tour de force read

    By HermesOrange
    This story is incredibly compelling on so many levels. The historical education and perspective of such hell on earth, intertwined with a human love it story makes for a rare and type of book.
  • What a story.

    By nicklutsch
    Definitely a must read! It’s haunting, interesting, and hopeful.
  • Compelling, inspiring, heartbreaking story; simply written

    By Ava Anastasia
    THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ is based on a compelling, inspiring, and hearbreaking true story of Lale Sokolov and his years in a concentration camp tattooing numbers on the arms of fellow Jews. It's a love story; a tale of the strength of human spirit and ability to survive that reprehensible, inhumane environment with one's heart in tact. While the story drew me in, I found the writing style simplistic; I would have liked the book better with character detail and descriptions I could sink into.
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    By Readingbythesea
    Thank you