Book-Club : The tattooist of Auschwitz

The tattooist of Auschwitz

I love books, I would not be reading if I did not love it. It often sounds like a boring thing, reading. But reading is a way to transport yourself to a place you can not think of, follow a story that is not your own and most important it can make you think. The first book I that I am writing about is the tattooist of Auschwitz.  The Tattooist of Auschwitz, a book that is 95% a true story and 5% fiction. It follows the story of Lale [Ludwig] Sokolov a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. This book is a  #1 International Bestseller & New York Times Bestseller. Described as a love story in the midst of atrocity.

I often feel like movies can not touch me as much as books can. I watched the fault in my stars and I read the fault in the stars. Watching it, I kept dry eyes but reading it I did blink away a few tears. The tattooist of Auschwitz is also a book that left me with tears. But also a book that I could not put down, it captivated me. Perhaps even more because I knew it was a real story. This story is a heavy story retold and put to paper, not in a brutal and hard-hitting way but more sad. It talks in detail about the people yet leaves the events smaller described. I feel because it is not very graphic and detailed it can be read by a lot of ages. While some might feel distant to it because it feels very fact based, I felt like it was very inspirational.  

The tattooist of Auschwitz has 288 pages and was first published in January 2018. 28 chapters tell the story set in 1942 in the prison camp Auschwitz. It follows Lale, a man in a privileged position. As tattooist he is to mark his follow prisoners. He struggles to survive but also to use his position for good. It tells a story of love, for his follow prisoner Gita but it also tells the story of keeping hope and helping others. The tattooist of Auschwitz is a story that educates without being a dry history book. 

One of the things I never will forget, is how there was humanity in the darkest of times. How one prisoner helped many and how he survived while doing it. This book is a good read for many, it was not really special when it comes to writing style but the story makes up for it.

♥ Denna

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