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Today I bring you a review on a rather somber topic. Yup, I’m talking about the Holocaust. However, a young couple manage to find happiness in each other despite their situation.
Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Author: Heather Morris
Genre: Historical Nonfiction, Documentary
Publication Date: 27 January 2018
I received a galley at no cost from the author or publisher
Author Heather Morris retells the story of Lale, a Slovakian Jew who is forced to work at the concentration camps at the Tätowierer during WWII. While working, he meets the lovely Gita, another Slovakian Jew, and is completely smitten by her. The two instantly fall in love and struggle to survive the camps of horrors.
Lale enters Auschwitz full of optimism with a strong will to survive and does so by trading jewels from deceased Jews with nearby villagers for extra rations or goods. With his extra rations, he shares it among his peers and bribes SS officers in order to see Gita. However, upon his arrival, Lale falls ill and is taken care of by the tattooist who later takes him under his wing as the new tattooist.
With a bright motto and an optimistic point of view, Lale and Gita’s love story of survival captivate readers from the start. Through the eyes of survivors Lale and Gita, at times, the readers are transported to 1940s Auschwitz and Birkenau where they can experience the horrors of the camps. Despite the inhuman and unfortunate events that occurred in the concentration camps, Lale and Gita manage to find a little happiness and hope in a better future in each other.
Everything. Heather Morris beautifully wrote Lale’s tale and I hope we are able to see it come to life as I have heard rumors of a possible film. It is a very short read yet it can be quite detailed. This amazing novel took over three years to write using interviews with Lale himself shortly after Gita’s death and before his death. It is quite moving and pulled at my heartstrings and at times, it made me tear up.
There’s nothing much to dislike in my opinion.
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