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Author: Heather Morris Narrator: Richard Armitage Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9780062866998
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This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”—Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project

In April 1942, Lale 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.

Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Based on a true story, the wrenching yet riveting tale…is a moving testament to the power of kindness, ingenuity, and hope.”

    People

  • “A touching and redemptive tale of love and selflessness.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “The story of hope and survival against incredible odds and the power of love.”

    PopSugar

  • “Richard Armitage is a superb narrator whose performance here is among his best…Armitage’s performance captures every emotion from fear to trepidation to hope and even to love with understated warmth. Sokolov waited until the death of his wife, whom he met in the camp, before revealing his story to Morris. It was worth the wait. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Over the course of three years, Morris interviewed Lale, teasing out his memories and weaving them into her heart-rending narrative of a Jew whose unlikely forced occupation as a tattooist put him in a position to act with kindness and humanity in a place where both were nearly extinct.”

    BookPage

  • “What an extraordinary and important book this is. We need as many memories of the Holocaust as we can retain, and this is a moving and ultimately uplifting story of love, loyalties and friendship amidst the horrors of war.”

    Jill Mansell, author of This Could Change Everything

  • A People Pick of the Week
  • A BookPage Top Pick for September
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • The 2019 Audie Award Winner for Best Narration in Fiction
  • USA Today bestseller
  • New York Times audio bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2019 Indies Choice Book Award
  • An Indies Choice Book Award Honor Book in Audiobooks
  • #1 New York Times bestseller in Trade Paperbacks

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myrna Schimmel | 6/26/2020

    " As a hidden baby in France in 1940 I am a survivor. I rarely read about the Holocaust. Too painful. I am a lucky wife mother and grandmother and a proud American Citizen. This book was highly recommended by several friends. It did not disappoint. It is a story of Hope love and survival. It is a tough read but so worthwhile. I know this book is fiction but it touches on events I was not aware of. Read it. I close with Nevet Again "

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Linda | 12/14/2019

    " How can anyone find love in the horror of a German concentration camp much less survive the experience. The characters were so sincere, I could see what they looked like in my mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Barrett | 10/16/2018

    " I was hesitant just by the title I was concerned about the violence but it was incredible and didn't focus on the brutality of that era It had a solid storyline and you literally fall in love with Lake and Vita Incredible book "

About the Author

Heather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now resident in Australia. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US. In 2003, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who ‘might just have a story worth telling’. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her.

About the Narrator

Richard Armitage has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration of the year in 2018 and 2021. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. As an actor, he has had movie roles in The Hobbit and is also known for his appearances in the television series Spooks, The Vicar of Dibley, Robin Hood, and North and South. His theater credits include The Duchess of Malfi and Macbeth for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also featured on BBC Radio 4’s The Ted Hughes Letters.