Tattooist of Auschwitz

Heather Morris

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too.


This book is rooted in truth. It is based on the true story of one of the prisoners forced to tattoo blue identification numbers onto the arms of fellow Nazi concentration camp inmates. What a story, full of love, courage, defiance, hope and humour.

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