The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Version: Unabridged
Author: Heather Morris
Narrator: Richard Armitage
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: September 2018
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 26 minutes
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Overview

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.

Reviews (65)

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Written by Julie W. on November 13th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Narration was great and with the different accents it was easy to visualize the characters. What a tremendous and probably difficult story to share.

Written by Kim R. on November 13th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Beautiful story. .Narration was excellent

Written by JILL V. on November 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Highly recommended

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Written by Dawn B. on November 4th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Narration excellent. Hard to turn off...so difficult to imagine the horrors these beautiful people had to endure. Hard to put down, captivating.

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Written by Sue D. on October 12th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Captivating, Unbelievable story of Love and survival. *****

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Written by Anonymous on October 10th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Book was engaging from beginning to ending! Hope and love in the midst of the most vile and evil. Great reminder of the things we should be thankful for on a daily basis!

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Written by Dina G. on October 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Once I got over the heaviness of the horror of the subject, I was captivated by the characters and the story. The narrator was fabulous. At first he seemed a bit monotoned, but then I realized to over dramatize the reading would detract from it. His language proficiency was impressive as well as his accents. I also really enjoyed the author telling us about how he came to write the story and the son of the main character's memories of his parents and what they told him. All in all the story itself is amazing, the narration so well done, I feel I have a better understanding of what the victims and survivors of World War two concentration camps had to endure.

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Written by Andy D. on October 7th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I couldn’t stop listening, one of the best audio books ever.

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Written by Unknown U. on September 12th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved every word!

Written by Mayda T. on September 11th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Beautiful story, well done

Author Details

Author Details

Morris, Heather

Heather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now resident in Australia. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US. In 2003, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who 'might just have a story worth telling'. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrot