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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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 (88)

Written by Anonymous on July 26th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Powerful story and wonderful narration

Written by Anonymous on July 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing story of life and service Lale was able to perform in Aushwitz. His love and for Gita as well for others who expressed fear and need helped Lale keep his powerful confidence alive for many. The author was able listen strongly believe his ordeals with percussion and art. I learned much abut human wills and hearts. I loved this story


Written by Nicole R. on July 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I loved the story and the narration. Was a little disappointed with the ending, it seemed a little anticlimactic but overall worth the listen!

Written by Heather J. on July 16th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful, heart-wrenching, and overwhelmingly powerful. It makes you truly grateful for humanity and the strength that can be present when people endure incredible hardships. The narrator’s voices for the individual characters makes the story come to life!


Written by James J. on July 12th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A nice one

Written by Sergio A. on June 13th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved the narrator and the story...really makes a difference in enjoying the book.

Written by Joni on May 28th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very realistic as if you were there. So tragic this place ever existed!

Written by on May 8th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book. Couldn’t put it down!

Written by Amanda K. on May 4th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful story of finding love in a place of hell.


Written by Molly W. on May 4th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful story. Captivated from the beginning to the end.

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