Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: The Tattooist of Auschwitz (June 2019)

By Heather Morris

June 12, 2019

The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved

Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies’ man.  He is also a Jew.  On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners.  In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of Tetovierer – the tattooist – to mark his fellow prisoners, forever.  One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance.

His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good.

This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov.  It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable.

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