The Tattooist of Auschwitz Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught, he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.
There have been many books about the Holocaust - and there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov's incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners, and he was determined to survive - not just to survive but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is also - almost unbelievably - a love story. 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 determined not only to survive himself but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story - their story - will make you weep, but you will also find it uplifting. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.
Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the war. They eventually made their way to Australia, where they raised a son and had a successful life. But when Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden of their past alone. He chose to tell his story.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 26 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||20 February 2018|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 242 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Historical Jewish Fiction
1 in Jewish Literature (Books)
1 in Jewish Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
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Reviewed in Australia on 17 November 2020
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A story that should be read by all - and I'm proud that my country, my city welcomed this couple to create a 2nd life under the Aussie skies far away from the horrors and ghosts of their past.
Such as the lack of informatiom as to what happened to Lale's mentor whose wisdom and compassion led him to become the Tattoist and thus saved his life? And why are readers not told about what happens to women who were forced to become the lovers of the German officers , useful at times, but abandoned afer the war , classified as collaborators, and sentenced to years in gaol by the victors. There is a disconnect between the protagonist's
desire to survive and his avowed love for his future wife.
He seems to have blocked out the emotonal indebtedness he owed to others.
It could be that T .S. Eliot was right , "Human beings csnnot stand too much reaity". Even so , if we don't demand the ugly truth about man's inhumanity to man it will surely be repeated. This book is revommended for senior school children and above.
Not really, I didn’t enjoy it.
I’m nearly 60 and all my life I have heard about, seen on documentaries and read about the holocaust of WW2. I’m afraid to say, I’m almost immuned from feeling anything about this period in our history. Especially as programs like Hogan Heroes are still on free to air TV. But sometimes, I read an article or see something on TV that catches my attention.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North was something that stopped me in my tracks. My God Father, (Lloyd) was a captive in Changi during W2 and he would tell me stories of what happened to him in Changi when I was a child. The stories were no doubt modified for my sake but The Narrow Road to the Deep North was disturbing. I couldn’t bare to think about Lloyd and what he experienced.
And now the Tattooist of Auschwitz has again affected my immunization. Heather Morris has done well to portray the events of the Tatowierer. The death and torture of people is so brutal it’s hard to believe it happened. The discrimination is shocking and the disregard to fellow humans reads like fictional movie. But it is true and the Tatowierer lived in Melbourne. That’s remarkable and it’s hard to believe he and his brave wife could sleep at night.
I did recommend the Tattooist of Auschwitz to a friend and she has read it.
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This is not a downbeat tale. The strength of the human spirit shines through on every page. It was hard to put down, I had to keep reading. And in the last pages there are amazing surprises.
A wonderful book about a truly remarkable character. I cannot recommend this more highly.