The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First U.S. edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062877000
9780062870674
Branch Call Number: MORRI
Characteristics: 262, 11 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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If you haven’t read this one yet, add it to your pile. It gave me the chills. It’s a time we cannot forget, written from an interesting perspective. If you liked the Book Thief by Zusak, try the Tattooist of Auschwitz.

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d2013 Oct 01, 2018

Incredible moving story based on true events... couldn't put it down!


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Liber_vermis
Mar 20, 2019

Although this is a fictionalized account of real-life events, the prospective reader should read, first, the "Additional Information" and the "Author's Note" at the back of the book which provide a short biography of the main characters, photographs, and two maps. Check out the "Similar Titles" for higher rated Holocaust accounts.

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artist2go
Mar 19, 2019

The screenplay mode came through clearly with the lack of scenery and background. I was astonished at the apparent ease with which the girls working in "Canada" were able to collect so many valuables without being searched, and then pass them on to Lale. I found Lale's ability to hide these under a mattress in "his room" (???) undetected, over an extended period of time, unbelievable.
The wonderful love story and amazing endurance of the characters is touching, however having visited Dachau concentration camp in 1967, and having read many other books on the subject, I found the book unconvincing. It gives rise to the notion that perhaps all the horror stories are untrue. Luckily we have photographic evidence to prove otherwise.

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CarleeMcDot
Mar 14, 2019

I guess you could say I have been on a World War II, Holocaust reading kick lately. I don't really know why (especially with the subject matter being so dark and somber), but I continue to be drawn to them. When I had shared a recent book in my Instagram stories, a friend mentioned this title so I put it on hold at the library. Let me just say, this book... WOW! It is deemed a novel, but it's based on a true story and man is it a crazy one. Lale is a Slovakian Jew who is taken to Auschwitz and eventually becomes the tattooist, the one who tattoos the identification number on the bodies of everyone coming into Auschwitz-Birkenau. Although this is definitely not a light-hearted read, it is one centered on love and perseverance. I have no idea what I would do in a situation like this, but I pray A. never to find out, but B. that I would have the strength to fight for those around me and to make a difference in the world, however small and seemingly insignificant it may be. I feel like I spoiled the ending a bit by flipping through the last few pages of the book, so if you grab it, I would recommend averting your eyes. I flew through this book in an afternoon, I just couldn't put it down (started reading it while I rode the stationary bike). I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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robinwalthery
Mar 13, 2019

Dawn Huntington

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lgraf
Mar 12, 2019

What an incredible book!
What those people went through & still survived! Love conquers all!
A must read!!!

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Reshka
Mar 06, 2019

Definitely worth a read. Moved me to tears and for sure it's a great lesson in true resilience.

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maslick1
Mar 04, 2019

This book, based on a true story, is amazing. Lale is picked up by the Germans during WWII, and he saved from immediate execution because he is fluent in so many languages. Then he is given the horrible assignment of tattooing all prisoners: Jewish, Romany Slovak, anyone that was not considered of pure Aryan blood. The story of his work, the people he met, and more, is one of the most compelling stories I've ever known. Millions of people should read this book. NEVER FORGET! MAS

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daysleeper236
Mar 03, 2019

This book does not do justice to this epic story of love and survival during WWII. The narrative felt very rushed and overly simplistic, with underwhelming prose and many scenes lacking in detail.

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briannekinahan
Mar 02, 2019

Cliche and not in the good way. While it was a pleasant and easy enough read, this book lacked realism and failed to due the true horrors and sufferings of the prisoners at Auschwitz justice. I've read many other better fiction and novels surrounding the Holocaust and would have rather have re-read them.

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Linyarai
Mar 02, 2019

I read this for the "A book suggested by someone else in the challenge" part of my 2019 reading challenge. I thought it was very well done, it was a quick afternoon read and felt lighter than other holocaust stories while still being moving and historically accurate.

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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 02, 2019

...choosing to live is an act of defiance, a form of heroism.

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