The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

By Heather Morris

  • Release Date: 2018-01-11
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 5
From 518 Ratings


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


  • Amazing

    By Custard Carla
    Could not put it down I read it in 2 evenings. Amazing heartbreaking and inspiring book.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By Jonny-0121
    It’s a passage of history where we all know the terrible headlines but with numbers so large you loose the human element. This story bring that human individual element, a must read!!
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    By bookwork29
    Incredibly moving, upsetting but an ending that fills you with joy. Read in under 3 days and would read again.
  • One of if not thee best book I’ve ever read!

    By Duffy148
    Harrowing, informative and emotional. This book is a rollercoaster that everyone must read in their lifetime. We must never forget the horrors that took place. Thank you to the people who continue to place energy in developing resources such as this book.
  • A tough read but an unbelievable story worth reading

    By W_ES09
    I nearly stopped reading a few chapters in as the story obviously deals with dark truths which are not sugar coated. As I kept going I could not stop reading this extraordinary tale of love and survival. You must read this to the end, I’ve never read a book like it.
  • Such a moving book

    By Blw32
    Couldn’t put it down and read it in two days. Lale’s story is so gripping and it is so hard to comprehend what happened in Germany during those times. Recommend reading.
  • Just beautiful

    By Jemfunk
    Such a powerful and compelling story, I was continually encouraged by the love of Lale and Gita. Life is precious and not to be taken for granted, what a haunting and awe-inspiring reminder!
  • Amazing

    By anya eck
    A must read!!
  • A book you can smell.

    By Pat the Potter
    Not the most elegantly written book I have read, with many staccato lines delivered by an outside observer. The cruelty, squalor and inhumanity of the concentration camps hangs like a dark shadow over the reader but the red blood of love and compassion defies the despair. The writer has succeeded in leaving her story tattooed indelibly on my memory for a very long time.
  • Best book I’ve read!

    By Sh4nn0nH
    Such a good read, could not put my phone down! Felt like I lived every moment with them, heart sting puller to say the least!