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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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  • 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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  • Carly S.

    Very moving true love story written about a time in our history when the world truly was a horrible place...especially for Jews. It’s amazing the path and tenacity of two people to survive and love during so many trials and tribulations. You will not be disappointed with this story!

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  • Neal R.

    Incredibly moving story!

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  • Nicole S.

    Beautiful, heartbreaking, inspiring.

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  • Sandra T.

    Riveting account of another survivor of the unsurvivable.

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  • Elizabeth V.

    Fascinating, horrifying and hopeful. I have read and watched countless stories about the Holocaust and this is perhaps one of the deepest delves into daily life inside one of Hitler’s evil concentration camps that I have ever heard. I absolutely fell in love with Lale and Gita and all of the good people who dared to help them in even the smallest of ways. The fact that this is a true account is devastating and yet beautiful in the midst of such horror. Thank you Lale for sharing yours and Gita’s story so that we may never forget.

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  • Angela D.

    This is an amazing story! I couldn't turn it off.

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  • Aida S.

    Hola! Me encantó el tatuador de Auschwitz, el inglés del narrador es excelente, y la novela es muy interesante. Es una novela excelente para quien quiere practicar inglés.

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