I have read many books on WW II and the Holocaust. I have visited 5 Concentration Camps and Yad Vashem in Israel. I am a Catholic woman who volunteers as a docent in a Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland, Ohio. This book is realistic, touching, frustrating, yet hopeful. Ms. Morris has generated a remarkable work of chronological accuracy with a humanistic love story at a time when hope was not existent. Good read. Thank you.
A full 5 stars for this flowing factual literary work which “brings” Lale and Gita’s heart rendering love story into a pragmatic realistic accountable unputdownable read.The abhorrent disgrace and disgust of the holocaust cries out “lest we never forget”, which our retribution portrays in these stories being retold and remembered from generation to generation. The Jews will proudly survive and our voices will be heard in unity.My husband and I have walked through Auschwitz and Birkenau - a chilling icy tour of a deathly historical event in history which is incomprehensible albeit remembered.
Immediately reading the first few pages of this book, I was dismayed and increasingly skeptical of its written quality. While the real lives depicted in this story deserve awe and merit for their survival of such a catastrophic period, the portrayal of the story lacks depth.I was surprised to see so many positive reviews! A few others have been able to concisely pinpoint the problem with the writing - mainly the book is a narrative shell that primarily glosses over the struggle of surviving such dire circumstances to focus on a love plot with little dimension. Elementary prose and cheesy one-liners dominate this novel.At the very least, I appreciate the attempt to bring light to such a unique, real-life love story....
Though written in the form of a novel, "The Tattooist of Auschwitz," by Heather Morris is the true life telling of Lale and Gita Sokolov, during their experiences before, during and after their years In Auschwits and Birkenau Concentration Camps, during WWII.Morris spent thee years listening to Lale Sokolov as he told this incredible story of survival, love and the will to live!This is an incredible book!!
Lale and Gita's story grabbed me from the first page and I couldn't put this book down. Much as their love made the unbearable bearable, the author's writing both brought horrors to life and also kept hope alive. I so wanted to learn what happened to these so-vivid people, but I didn't want the book to end, as I was so captivated. Loved it, and them.