The Tattooist of Auschwitz (YA edition)

Heather Morris

Echo Publishing

June 2019

$24.99 AU

294p pb

ISBN: 978-1760686031

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In early 1942, Lale Sokolov was transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, imprisoned with millions of others. A few days into his time at Auschwitz, Lale was given the task of tattooing a unique number onto every new arrival at the concentration camp. While tattooing the new arrivals Lale happens to meet a young woman, Gita, who was waiting in line for her own tattoo. For Lale it was love at first sight. Desperate to meet her again, Lale puts himself in danger just to contact her. Despite Lale’s horrible situation he makes a promise, I will live to leave this place. I will walk out a free man. His passion to survive and his love for Gita helps him endure the trauma of what was going on around him.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, is an incredible read for young adults. The real story of Lale’s experience during the Holocaust, is both intriguing and traumatising as you read about what he suffered. Generally, it is hard to say I enjoyed reading a book about the Holocaust, but Heather Morris, has managed to write Lale’s story in a way that every experience Lale has feels so real to the reader. To read a novel of not only a prisoner but the tattooist’s perspective was truly enriching.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris, is a touching and redemptive tale. It is easy to read and I highly recommend this novel to others. It definitely is one of the best novels I have read.

Ellen, age 15, Canberra

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