Instead of reviewing the 2 Little Beach Street Bakery books back to back, I thought I’d break it up with a different book review. In today’s post I’m going to be sharing with you my thoughts of the latest book I read for a book club: “The Tattooist of Auschwitz”.
I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.
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.
So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.
I’d seen this book around and thought it looked like an interesting read but hadn’t yet got round to picking it up. When the chance to read it for book club came up, I bought it right away and couldn’t wait to get started.
I read the book in 2 days and couldn’t put it down. It was a really interesting read, yet also incredibly sad at the same time. History has always fascinated me, especially history of WW1 and WW2. It was a disturbing time in history, particularly WW2 which I really hope never ever repeats itself.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the story of Lale during his time at Auschwitz in WW2. Lale is an intelligent, and proud man. He speaks 5 different languages and from his arrival at Auschwitz he was taken in by Pepan, the Tattooist of Auschwitz. Shortly after his arrival at Auschwitz Lale contracted Typhoid and almost died, however he was nursed back to health and became Pepan’s assistant. He learnt how to survive in Auschwitz from Pepan, and when Pepan one day disappears Lale becomes the Tattooist of Auschwitz, risking his life on many occasions to help others. He develops a relationship with Gita and their hope of a life together keeps them both alive.
All I basically have to say is that if you haven’t read this book yet then do pick it up. It is a fascinating, yet sad read, documenting the life of someone who lived, and survived Auschwitz. Ok, there are a lot of questions and debates regarding the accuracies of the book and it has been quite heavily criticised. But that shouldn’t stop you reading it!
Have you ever read “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” or do you have plans to? 🙂