Book review - The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Based on the powerful true story of Lale Sokolov
This is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I simply didn’t want it to end. It will stay with me for a very long time, if not forever. It is powerful beyond measure - perhaps because I know it’s a true story, knowing this incredible, winsome man really existed, and what he endured really did happen. It happened not just to him, but to hundreds of thousands of innocent people, and it is utterly, heartbreakingly incomprehensible.
This is the harrowing story of Lale Sokolov - an educated, smart, charming young gentleman who was one of too many people who experienced the atrocities of Auschwitz-Birkenau (historians believe 1.3 million people passed through the gates of Auschwitz). He was one of the few who actually lived to tell his tale (it’s estimated that 1.1 million people were brutally murdered, or died due to the horrific conditions they were subjected to).
It’s a story of survival at its most intense, and it portrays the best of humanity even throughout the most appalling of times. Despite living through circumstances we simply cannot imagine (although the author does a phenomenal job at painting a good picture without making the book painfully unreadable), Lale still manages to encounter friendships, keep his hopes up, and even fall in love. In the midst of hell, this book tells how Lale had an innate desire to help other prisoners (risking his own life to do so), and an unconquerable drive to ensure that himself and the woman he loved survived such horrors so they could go on to live the lives he was adamant they deserved to live.
This extraordinary book is intoxicating - gut wrenching yet uplifting, heartbreaking yet heartwarming. It’s ultimately a story of staggering endurance, strength, hope and love. My words will never do it justice.
To conclude - everyone needs to read this book! We must never forget the horrors of the holocaust - we must never forget the men, women and children who endured unparalleled horror, during what was the largest mass murder in history.
Lest we forget.
What books have you read this month? I'd love to hear what your favourites are - I'm always looking for recommendations to add to my 'to read' list!
Much love, Fran xxx
“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book”
~ J.K. Rowling
ABOUT FRAN GRANT
Wife to a very lucky husband. Mum to 3 beautiful little boys. Gym, yoga and self care enthusiast. Lover of food, coffee, wine and gin. Self confessed bookworm and book hoarder. Advocate for keeping the magic of reading alive for today’s children. And last but not least - Writer (currently trying my hand at kids fiction and rhyming stories). Thanks for visiting my site - expect to see posts mainly related to reading and writing, with occasional musings about family, parenting and life in general. Oh, and plenty of book reviews! Hope you enjoy! Much love, Fran x