Marg Wood recently enjoyed the recent bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, which she describes as a "truly powerful, heartwrenching story of endurance." Here is her review:
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is the fictionalized account of the horrifying time spent by Lale and Gita Sokolov in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II as related to the author in her interviews with Lale. It is a truly powerful, heart wrenching story of endurance in which he recounts the details of their lives at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
When Lale first arrives at the camp he is put to work as the Tatowierer, the tattooist, where he is tasked with marking his fellow prisoner with the infamous identifying numbers that were compulsory for all entering the camp. When Lale notices a visibly shaken young woman in his queue one day he is instantly captivated by her. Lale does his best to comfort Gita as they find ways to spend time together. The two soon fall deeply in love despite the horrendous atrocities happening around them.
Lale meanwhile, has earned a reputation for helping his fellow prisoners who are near starvation by acquiring extra food and supplies for them, ultimately putting himself in grave danger if what he was doing were to be discovered.