Book review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz


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This book was fantastic. It takes place during World War II and really makes you think about what it would have been to live then.

We all have heard of the Holocaust and all of the terrible things that go along with it. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is about Lale and his experiences of being a Jewish man during this time and how he fought through all the pain and came out of the camps on the other side with the people he loved by his side.

Plot overview:

Lale was taken spring of 1942 into the camps and did not expect to come out three years later. While he was in the camps he became the tattooist for the camp, he tattooed every single person’s number onto them as they came into the camps. Since he had this job, he got a few extra benefits compared to others. He used what he had of extras to help the people he knew were suffering worse than him. While doing all of this heroic work, he also found a women he instantly fell in love with. They had a secret relationship while in there and helped each other through all of the harsh winters and steaming hot summers. They all end up getting switched camps because the Russians were getting too close to liberating them so they became separated. In the end, they both end up happy and safe. It is a crazy love story that keeps your nose stuck in the book the entire time. This book can give anybody hope in humanity and that even if things are terrible, love still shows through.


I loved reading this book and it is a very quick read. They also leave suspense at the end of the chapters, making you never want to stop reading. It is a crazy and such a heartwarming love story. It also gives you an in-depth look into the concentration camps during that time and all of the crazy measures they went through to just barely survive.

I would rate this book a 4.7/5. This is one of the best books I have ever read. It had you coming back for more. This author has more books surrounding the same topic this book is on.

Another good one is Cilka’s Story by Heather Morris as well. You can buy it here.