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The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel

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Richard Armitage

7 Hours 26 Minutes

HarperAudio

September 2018

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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.

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  • Ria P.

    Excellent story and narration.

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  • Alyssa P.

    Beautiful story. Captivating. I enjoyed the narrator as well.

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  • Kathleen T.

    Unbelievable story of survival and love. Narration was amazing - variety of accents and voices making it feel like you were really listening to each character

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  • James H.

    I found the narrator's accent and attempts to use German and Russian accents off-putting. Perhaps it is due to the way the book was written.

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  • Jeri F.

    Captivating story of Auschwitz survivor, Lale and his love Gita. Makes you appreciate how fortunate you are not to experience such cruelty.

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  • Leanne E.

    Words cannot express the amount of emotion the narrator was able to make me feel. This was my first audiobook. What a great, well written book. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  • Malnie B.

    A captivating a love story. I love the narrators accents; it made you feel like you’re in the story.

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  • Sharon R.

    A beautiful story of will, determination and perseverance!!! I found myself thinking about the characters and the story long after having to put the audiobook away!!!

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  • Suzie K.

    It was spell bounding. Awesome!!!

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  • Mary G.

    This was a fantastic book! Not sure if it was a download glitch but had trouble with bookmarks.

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