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 it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too.
Following Gita’s death, Sokolov entrusted the telling of his story to Heather Morris, and The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the extraordinary result. This inspirational, unexpectedly life-affirming book explores the capacity of human instinct to survive, and the power of love even in the ghastliest of circumstances.