The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

By Heather Morris

  • Release Date: 2018-01-11
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 5
From 196 Ratings
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For readers of Schindler's List, The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes a heart-breaking story of the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.

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.


'Extraordinary - moving, confronting and uplifting . . . I recommend it unreservedly' Greame Simsion

'A moving and ultimately uplifting story of love, loyalties and friendship amidst the horrors of war . . . It's a triumph.' Jill Mansell

'A sincere . . . moving attempt to speak the unspeakable' Sunday Times


  • Five star book

    By Greegsy
    A fantastic insight into a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz and the holocaust. One of the best books I’ve read relating to the Auschwitz
  • Moving and insightful

    By bookreader-Zoe
    This book gripped me from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down and read it all in 4 days. The writing is superb, Lale’s account is so deep and from the heart. I smiled and I cried. The book is very moving. A must read for all.
  • Wow. Just wow.

    By Tweety_bec
    Incomprehensibly sad, heartrenchingly disturbing and yet still manages to capture beautifully hope and love. A must read - lest we forget.
  • Wonderful

    By Mrs Cassidy
    Thank you for telling the story . Made me laugh and cry . Wonderful insight into a world I hope nobody has to endure again .
  • 5 stars

    By Jennasheena
    5 stars
  • Fantastic book. I couldn't put it down.

    By Ladywilllow
    Lale and Gita's story is incredible. Their enduring love, in the face of such unimaginable horror is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. This book shows humanity at its very worst and also its best. Highly recommended
  • Brilliantly moving

    By GreekMummy1Toddler
    Excellent book. Read it in under 2 days as I couldn’t put it down. Moving and heartbreaking. Highly recommended.
  • Brilliant!

    By Lool7167
    One of the best holocaust books I have read. Hauntingly disturbing story of love and survival. 100% recommend.
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    By lucybrill
    What a brilliant book,,, sad but well written
  • Such a moving story

    By bev220774
    Well written beautiful story that captures the grim reality and as someone born long after has given me a greater insight into the reality of this horrendous time!