• Rachel Penate

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Updated: Apr 10


BOOK: ★★★★★⁣⁣ (Standard) & ★★★★ ⁣⁣ (Mama Scale) AUDIOBOOK:★★★★


Historical fiction based on the true story of Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov, the Tattooist of Auschwitz.


If there is any genre I can’t get enough of, it’s this one. Some days, I feel like I’ve read all that WWII Historical Fiction has to offer, and each story bleeds into the next. But some days, I stumble upon a little gem that bleeds directly into my heart.

Based on interviews with Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov, THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris is one of those moving stories — a true gem among a mountain of identical pebbles.

WHAT I LOVED: The simplicity with which Morris chose to tell this story was truly refreshing. It was straightforward, clear, and beautiful. There was no convoluted, multi-perspective, multi-timeline story-line. It was simply the journey of one man — of his survival, of his conflicted heroism, and of his love.

WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE: I struggled a bit with the transition to the ending. Morris focused about 70% of the story at Auschwitz — developing his story and identity — so the 20% of Lale’s post-concentration camp life felt a little rushed and confusing to me. I would’ve loved more of a 60/40 divide.

Overall, a special and beautiful little book.

*Sensitivity Warnings*: Mass murder, rape, forced starvation, and brutality.


Absolutely recommend for anyone who enjoys a good story about overcoming adversity.

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