I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.
In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.
Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too.
Such a moving and powerful story based on the true story of Lale who is given the job of marking the prisoners that come into the camp, he has become the tattooist. The things he hears and sees must of been absolutely dreadful, you can really feel the emotion through out the book. It is an emotional read but a powerful one that I think gives a better understanding just what happened when people were brought to Auschwitz.
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