Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heaher Morris
The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved. Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of Ttowierer the tattooist to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance. His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good. This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz- Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable.
LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
Federoca
post image
Pickpick

Touching story

1 stack add
blurb
Dragon
post image

Part of my book sale haul. There‘s another bag in the car and of course this is just day 1 - one of the volunteers said this is the biggest book sale in North America. ( I‘m going again tomorrow 💃🕺)

LiteraryinLawrence Such a good haul! If you haven‘t read Anxious People you‘re in for a treat. 9mo
Dragon Thanks @LiteraryinLawrence - I haven‘t read that one so I was very excited to find such a good copy. A lot of the books are #blameitonLitsy. The trade paperbacks are $2 and pocket books are $1 9mo
CoverToCoverGirl The Huntress and The Rose Code 🤩 9mo
Dragon Thanks @CoverToCoverGirl I‘ve seen lots of Litsy love for these two books so had to grab them 💚🐉📚 9mo
44 likes4 comments
review
Gracelovesreading
post image
Pickpick

Heartbreaking read. I read this in one sitting on a bus on a day out. My mouth fell open at the tragedies endured by so many in this book. What strength those people had. Incredible story that needed to be shared. The glimmer of hope that Late carried and love he had in his heart. 💙

blurb
AlyceHatter
post image

“I tattooed her number on her left hand, and she tattooed her number in my heart.”

#auschwitz #tattoo

blurb
DimeryRene
post image

Another new audio. 💔 Richard Armitage narrates ❤️

review
Tracey3
post image
Pickpick

Interesting tale of love and loss in a concentration camp. Lale‘s story of survival takes the reader on an interesting journey through Birkenau and Auschwitz. Lale was confident that he would do whatever it took to survive. His strength led him to a unique concentration camp experience.

11 likes1 stack add
review
TinaFaa
post image
Pickpick

I went into this, knowing it would be emotional, and it was, yet much different than what I expected. I feel like the writing style was a little too dry and to the point. The story itself is incredible, but I felt as though it could have used a little more finesse in its descriptions. The writing style wasn't that bland, but it did feel a little hurried and skimmed over in some parts that I felt deserved a little more emotion. Good read. 🤓

review
TheQuietQuill
post image
Pickpick

Such an incredible read that will surely stick with you even after you‘re finished. I fell in love with Lale and Gita, and I‘m so glad they found each other in the end. If you want to read about the Holocaust but are afraid because of all the graphic things that happened, I strongly recommend this book. There are still scenes that are haunting, but the author wrote them to be not as intense as other novels.

53 likes4 stack adds
review
TheRiehlDeal
post image
Pickpick

This was a really good historical fiction novel! I enjoyed reading the relationship between Lale and Gita. It can be a little tough to read in parts of the book for some people. But it isn't too gruesome, though. And I will say without any spoilers, it does end with a happy ending.
⭐⭐⭐⭐
#HistoricalFiction #Holocaust #NeverForget

blurb
TheRiehlDeal
post image

My library hold of this came in today! 🤗

17 likes1 stack add
review
SanjanaGhosh
post image
Pickpick

It was so tragic reading about the ordeals in Auschwitz. To find love in such conditions without knowing whether tomorrow exists must be so pure ❤️

20 likes2 stack adds
review
bookaholic1
post image
Pickpick

#40
I absolutely loved, loved this book. I've read alot of books on this subject, but this one I will always remember.

Mishu94 I really really want to read this but somehow I hold myself back thinking it‘ll be a hard read! 😭 3y
bookaholic1 @Mishu94 It's more about a love between two people, there are hard places but the storyline keeps you turning pages 3y
Mishu94 @bookaholic1 I‘ll read it then, I thought it would have more about the war! 3y
See All 6 Comments
bookaholic1 @Mishu94 well it is, like I said there are hard pages to read...it may make you cry actually, to think that people were treated like that....there is a second book called Cilka's Journey that I still need to read 3y
Mishu94 @bookaholic1 I‘ll give it a go! Yeah I have heard about the second book aswell, it‘s suppose to be good! 3y
bookaholic1 @Mishu94 that's good to hear 👍👍 3y
21 likes6 comments
blurb
LiterarySloth
post image

I couldn‘t decide what to read next. I had read the summaries of at least three books but nothing was jumping out at me screaming, “READ ME!” Then I grabbed this one. I‘ve heard mixed reviews but I felt like this is the one I want to read next.

Book 7 of my temporary layoff.

review
CarlyQuinn
post image
Pickpick

It took me a few months of on and off reading for several factors. For one, it‘s a very tough subject and what was once a fascination as a kid with little experience and understanding of the world around me, it is now much harder for me to digest all at once the depravity that can so often exist in mankind. I have heard that some parts of this novel have been adjusted for its readability. Otherwise, this is a really good read. Get a tissue.

review
JHSiess
post image
Pickpick

Enter to win a copy of the work of historical fiction based upon the experiences of Lale Sokolov, a man forced to tattoo numbers on the arms of his fellow prisoners in Auschwitz. Deeply disturbing, but full of hope & inspiration, it's one of so many stories that must be told & retold . . . so that we never forget. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Enter until midnight PST on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. (U.S. addresses.)

https://tinyurl.com/r3bxbj7

Texreader Great review. Nice of you to do a giveaway! I already have a copy. 3y
49 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Insightsintobooks
post image

I'm rereading the tagged book. It's heartbreaking. I have no words. There are many alive today who believe it is "Jewish propaganda" something I've been told to my face and that I'm a "lying murderous jew". We can #neverforget and we must teach our children. This can never happen again. (I know I've been posting about the holocaust lately sorry if it upsets anyone my experiance hit me hard and It impacted me greatly)

#NEVERFORGET #NEVERAGAIN

AprilMae I had a crazy intense argument in high school with a kid 3 or so grades older than me about that same thing. His parents or something basically told him that it never happened. I got so, so, so angry with him. So the people who lost family were lying? So the people who have those tattoos and the terrible scars were lying? So Germany and Poland have these giant random buildings and sites set aside BECAUSE NOTHING HAPPENED????? 3y
Chrissyreadit It should hit hard- and should be taught and discussed - sometimes I think we did not learn a damn thing. 3y
Insightsintobooks @AprilMae wow, I'm suprised he didn't learn at least something about it in High school. I heard more schools are making holocaust education mandatory which I believe is a good thing. 3y
See All 26 Comments
AprilMae I couldn't believe that this guy, who had to take the same history class as I would the following year, which was a huge in depth look at the Holocaust and the war, didn't believe it. After all the stories, the videos and the haunting photographs, he just didn't get it. 3y
AprilMae The following year I had the opportunity to visit Dachau on a trip to Germany. It was an (for lack of a better term) amazing yet terrifying sight to see. In the 2-3 hours we were there is would end up crying numerous times. I honestly think that if these non-believers who think it never happened had to go to one of the camps, saw the crematorium, saw the massive pile of shoes from the victims, still there! Maybe they would understand. 3y
AprilMae @Insightsintobooks my school did a great job on teaching it. And maybe I'm just a history nerd who soaks up all the history, but I think that class was one of the more well liked classes (not because of subject matter but because of how it was taught). I fully support a well taught Holocaust class be mandatory for all students. 3y
AprilMae (Also, sorry to take over your comments @Insightsintobooks !!! But I too, am passionate about people knowing about this) 3y
Insightsintobooks @AprilMae I agree, and one would only hope. 3y
Insightsintobooks @AprilMae it's okay. I understand. 3y
Insightsintobooks @Chrissyreadit I agree that sometimes it feels that way. 3y
nichollinlove In high school I hosted two girls from Germany and the very first night here they apologized with tears in their eyes for the Holocaust. At 15, I was beside myself, something that seemed like a lifetime ago to me was something these girls still felt the burden and shame of. That experience helped open my eyes and my heart more than anything I learned in a textbook at school. 3y
nichollinlove Also, I just started reading Tattoist of Auschwitz and 50 pages in, my heart is just breaking. It's hard to understand how this could happen. How men/soldiers could be so blindly cruel. I can't imagine how dense you would have to be to choose to believe this didn't happen. It's disrespectful and shameful as a thought alone. 3y
Insightsintobooks @nichollinlove I agree it is a shameful thought. 3y
BookingitwithSandra I met a 20ish gal the other day that denied it ever happened & that all the historians were making it up because we are a war loving nation. I almost slapped her face! My grand uncle was liberated from Auschwitz-Birkenau & yet never returned to his family. My poor Oma didn‘t know her brother had been liberated when she died at the age of 92. My uncle found out after they went to the camp & saw his name in the book. It was a blessing & traumatic. 3y
BookingitwithSandra Have you read Cilka‘s Journey yet? I found it more hopeful and yet even more heartbreaking. If you haven‘t read it I recommend it. 3y
Insightsintobooks @Lifeisasnap I'm so sorry. And yes I have read Cilka's Journey. 3y
Ddzmini 😨😰😰😰 3y
AnneCecilie That quote really is food for thought. I‘ve visited Auschwitz a while back and then the immensity of it all hit me. Rows and rows and rows of chimneys, as far as the eye can see. When I left, I was in tears 3y
Gaylagal2 Have you seen Prosecuting Evil on Netflix? The man is a hero for what he did and his perseverance to prosecute natzis👊🤙 3y
Insightsintobooks @Gaylagal2 no, I haven't. I actually don't have Netflix. 3y
Insightsintobooks @AnneCecilie I agree about the quote. I can only imagine what visting Auschwitz was like, I've never been, but maybe one day. 3y
CarolynM I've met someone who was with the first British troops into Belsen-Belsen. I suppose he was lying too😡 3y
Cinfhen Such a powerful quote! I recently read this book and I was astonished by new “material” I wasn‘t aware of. Really heartbreaking. 3y
Insightsintobooks @Cinfhen it is. Have you read Cilkas Journey yet? 3y
Cinfhen Not yet, it‘s high up on my #WishList 3y
61 likes2 stack adds26 comments
blurb
AliD73
post image

This is a true story written in novel form about a Jewish man imprisoned at Auschwitz whose job was to tattoo all the new prisoners. While at Auschwitz, he fell in love with another prisoner and used his position to ingratiate himself with several guards and officials to protect himself and her. His actions are presented as simply a matter of survival. This novel is a haunting picture of love in the midst of death and unimaginable horror.

review
Soupkidmc
Pickpick

This book is great!! It‘s written well, the story is unbelievable and the history is telling. It pulled at my emotions a time of two knowing that it had actually happened. I felt like I was at war with them both

review
hope4books
post image
Pickpick

I wasn't aware that it is a fictionalized account of a true story until the end. I enjoyed the book, but I felt like there was something missing for me. What that something is I can't quite put my finger on.

review
Frecks-Booklover4life
post image
Pickpick

Quick read for me. Intriguing and heartbreaking. It is unfathomable the cruelty of genocide. Stories like these are hard to read but they are a must. I can‘t believe that people exist who try to challenge the credibility of the holocaust and it‘s survivors.

blurb
Rupi
post image

Book #21

1 like2 stack adds
review
Bookboss
post image
Pickpick

Until we have heard the story of each person who was hurt or killed in the Holocaust, we have not heard enough stories. We must always remember. This is a heartbreaking, fascinating story of suffering and survival. I wish the author was more adept at writing prose, but still the story is important.

tammysue 🖤 4y
48 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
MissAmanda
post image

7 likes1 stack add
blurb
darklydreaming
post image

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

1. Bookstore 😍
2. Receiving the email that “A Man Called Ove” was in!
3. Most recently, the tagged book.
4. A Wrinkle in Time (overrated). Sorry 🙈
5. My most recent 5! @rheareads @dariazeoli @Samantha.1020 @gradcat @DannyHattan

Eggs #3!! Thanks for playing 🤗 4y
Derf 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 4y
gradcat Thanks for the tag!! 😊😊😊 4y
dariazeoli Thanks for the tag! I‘m sorry I missed Wednesday! (edited) 4y
19 likes4 comments
blurb
darklydreaming
post image

Cozied up in front of the fireplace in cottage country this morning. Soon we will take a walk on the frozen lake! It is so beautiful and peaceful up here.

Feeling extremely grateful (and free!) as I read about the inhumane way these poor people were treated.

review
Judybskt
post image
Pickpick

I really should be working but I wanted to finish this for book club tonight. So glad I did. I don‘t have the words to describe how I feel about it. 😢

31 likes2 stack adds
blurb
darklydreaming
post image

Starting this one this cold, sunny morning ❤️

Vinny loves to cuddle with me while I‘m reading. #catsoflitsy

quote
PassionatelyCurious
post image

“Choosing to live is an act of defiance, a form of heroism.”

blurb
kristafred
post image

I started this book during lunch today... It is fascinating and I'm having trouble putting it down.. I'd recommend it and I've only read 50 pages so far.

blurb
AChickThatDigsBooks
post image

review
TheLorax
post image
Pickpick

I stayed up so late last night to finish this book, here‘s my wake up coffee this morning! Thanks for the suggestion @ReadingDownUnder It is amazing that this love story occurred amongst the horror. So many brave souls who would do anything to survive.

BookwormDownUnder It was so good! Glad you liked it too. 4y
6 likes1 comment
blurb
DHill
post image

Too many other books started but this one looked so good I just had to start it.

blurb
Djspens
post image

Taking a short break from #Becoming to read this on this cold, snowy day.. After having visited the Holocaust museum in D.C. last winter, I'm drawn to reading stories like these. I just find it unimaginable that this is a true history that happened.... And not that long ago....#auschwitz #holocaust #remember

Julsmarshall The Holocaust Museum@was so powerful! I need to add this to my reading list. 4y
Djspens "How can someone do this to another human being?" 4y
Cinfhen I‘ve seen lots of positive reviews for this book, so I was sad to see there is some controversy around the accuracy of the story https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/dec/07/the-tattooist-of-auschwitz-attacke...

4y
See All 8 Comments
Cinfhen Not to diminish ANYTHING that happened in ANY WAY. The Holocaust is one of the most horrific events in modern times and I think it‘s imperative that we keep reading survivors stories. 4y
Djspens @Cinfhen I'm not concerned that it's not completely factual. An old man shared his survival story, there's enough truth to the story for me.... Thanks for sharing the article, though.... 4y
Cinfhen I agree!! As the survivor‘s are aging soon we won‘t have them around any longer to offer their testimony so every story is so important. 4y
Djspens Such a great, and sad, read 😞 4y
Caz1 It appeared to me that this author took some of this too lightly when you consider the subject matter. Didn‘t like her style at all. 3y
38 likes5 stack adds8 comments
review
kayo
post image
Pickpick

Heartbreaking, but a good read.

6 likes1 stack add
review
CatLass007
post image
Pickpick

My first book of 2019 is finished. This book was sad, heart wrenching, and lovely. I highly recommend it.

117 likes4 stack adds
review
serendiipitous
post image
Pickpick

A book based on a true story #popsugar2019challenge

I'm reading this so fast! It's so touching but so disheartening at the same time.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 4y
AnneFindsJoy Welcome to Litsy! 4y
greenhairdontcare Welcome to Litsy! 💚 4y
AlwaysForeverReading Welcome to Litsy!!📚📖💜💛💙 4y
12 likes2 stack adds4 comments
blurb
Bourriquet76
post image

Second read of 2019

review
mcctrish
post image
Pickpick

I had saved this book to read until our Christmas trip to Munich and Vienna. We went to Dachau while there. It was another level of reading comprehension to walk through the gates at Dachau ( Work will set you free) and read Lale‘s description of his camps and then walk around Dachau. Our trip to the memorial was the highlight of the whole trip for my teenage sons.

TrishB Such a learning experience. 4y
mcctrish Yes @TrishB a great one 4y
50 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
abbielistenstobooks
post image

wait this is based on a true story??

aprilpohren My daughter wants to read this. It does sound good. 4y
abbielistenstobooks @aprilpohren I'm close to the end now and it's so good 4y
33 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
mcctrish
post image

I have had a horrible migraine today, no idea why, so we have had a very chill January 1 in Vienna today.

Lmstraubie Feel better! 4y
JacqMac I hope you feel better soon. 4y
mcctrish @Lmstraubie & @JacqMac thank you both, I am feeling much better now and I am so happy we have an apartment here in Vienna so there is a lot of personal space, there are many sporting events on tv so my boys are happy to just chill out and watch and I finally finished My Brilliant Friend so I can read something good 4y
40 likes3 comments
review
BookwormDownUnder
post image
Pickpick

Very engaging. Had to read nearly non-stop. She‘s done a good job telling his story.

39 likes4 stack adds
blurb
BookwormDownUnder
post image
34 likes2 stack adds
review
RosieBoo65
post image
Pickpick

I never tire of WWII historical fiction. This retelling of Lale Sokolov and his role as a Tattooist in Auschwitz is a fascinating story of survival. Lale Eisenberg is taken to Auschwitz but then is put in a position of Tattooist which in turn allows him to survive. While there he falls in love with Gita and the story of their lives in Birkenau and Auschwitz are reminders of how so many suffered at the hands of the Nazis.

review
whisperingstories
This post contains spoilers
show me
post image
Pickpick

I was impressed! The story line, up until the end, was amazing. I found myself understanding Lale‘s character and loving Gita the same way he had. The trauma the couple went through was astounding. Some parts feel rushed though. There could have been more elaboration on the more traumatic parts that made Auschwitz, Auschwitz.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

1 like2 stack adds