The Tattooist of Auschwitz | Can’t Wait Wednesday #20

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, created to discuss books that book bloggers haven’t read yet and they’re usually books yet to be released. I ran across it when looking for new content ideas for The Book Blog Life, and it looked like so much fun.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz | Can’t Wait Wednesday #20The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Genres: Historical Fiction
Published by Bonnier Publishing Australia

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.

I have heard fantastic things about this book and the story. I am really interested in WWII history and I love historical fiction in general. So when I heard about this book and the rave reviews it had been getting I was really excited to pick it up and add it to my collection. I can’t wait to read it and find out if it’s deserving of all of the reviews and hype.

Have you read The Tattooist of Auschwitz? Did you think it was worth the hype? Let me know in the comments!

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