The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

By Heather Morris

  • Release Date: 2018-01-11
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 5
From 623 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


  • Excellent

    By Royton 5
    I downloaded this book on Saturday 16.6.18. I found I just could not put in down, desperate to know what was happening next. It is a sad story with a happy ending, for Lale. Very moving, fantastically told by the author. Let us pray that nothing happens like it again. How wonderful would that be, a world at peace.
  • Absolutely amazing

    By Speedbird95
    Could not stop reading! Details of the horrific events told in such a respectful way.
  • Amazing Story

    By Drew-3
    Best book I’ve ever read. I even read it again a few weeks later as I was gutted when I finished it.
  • Please just read it

    By Saturday Kid
    There is nothing more to say.
  • Best read in a long time

    By Sadieakx
    If you’re considering this book then buy it! I never read war books and for some reason this just attracted me to it. I LOVED this book and have since wanted to find similar books. It is a must read with a glorious romance that happened in the most unlikely circumstances. A little gruesome but it paints a very good picture of life in the camps.
  • Heartbreaking and Beautiful

    By LeChloe
    It was an honour to read his extraordinary story. He opened a small window into the war that was incredibly insightful!
  • Beautiful

    By Bareassalona
    Possibly the most moving story ever told
  • The tattooer of auscwitz

    By suematron
    Very compelling and thought provoking read. One cannot imagine what Lale, Gita and the Jewish people went through. All I can add is this book allows us a snapshot of the strength they ALL had whatever their destiny was.
  • Miss Brooks

    By Nat917564
    Wow amazing read couldn’t put it down . Highly recommend
  • Wow

    By Goldbass99
    A tear rolls down my eye as I write this review. Really puts your own problems into context.