Book Review: The Tattooist of Aushwitz

The Tattooist of Aushwitz

By: Heather Morris

Woah.  Just wow.  I finished this novel in four days time and that was leisurely.  I would have liked to have finish it in a day if life had allowed me to.  The Tattooist of Aushwitz is an in depth historical novel about survival and a story of just how strong love really is.

The novel is based off of interviews conducted by Morris with a Holocaust survivor, Lale Sokolov.  Although many parts of the novel are true in their entirety, it is a work of fiction as there aren’t documents for proof and Morris also combined a few characters into one, central character.  Although, it is a true account and the context of the story line are true.

I was immediately captured into the courage, strength and determination of Lale and some of the other main characters.  Morris does an excellent job painting a picture of what truly went on in the Concentration Camp Aushwitz-Birkenau during the Second World War.  I visited both Aushwitz and what is left of Birkenau (the Nazi’s burn down most of it when they found out the American troops were moving in, to ‘hide’ the evidence of the atrocities that happened within the electrified fences), and I must say that between what I have read, learned and saw during my visit, Morris does an note-worthy job of transporting her Reader to a time of hate, crime and murder.

Somewhere mixed in the hate, crime and murder is something much palpable, something much stronger, and that is love.  This is a novel that shows truly just how love can conquer all.  A few key moments throughout the story, Morris jumps around from different character viewpoints, but the entirety of the story is from Lale’s viewpoint and essentially, she is telling Lale’s story.

Whether you are a history buff, a Holocaust interest, a love story sucker or one with a knack for adventure, this novel is for you.  Honestly, this novel is for anyone who is looking to page through a novel that withholds so much “story” within its pages. I promise, you won’t be able to put it down until the close of the last page.

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