For readers of Schindler’s List, The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes a heart-breaking story of the perfect of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.
I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.
In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He used to be given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow sufferers’ arms in indelible ink to create what would transform one of the vital potent symbols of the Holocaust.
Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, used to be a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it used to be love in the beginning sight. And he used to be decided not only to continue to exist himself, but to make sure this woman, Gita, did, too.
So begins one of the vital life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.
‘Extraordinary – moving, confronting and uplifting . . . I recommend it unreservedly‘ Greame Simsion
‘A moving and in the long run uplifting story of love, loyalties and friendship amidst the horrors of war . . . It’s a triumph.’ Jill Mansell
‘A sincere . . . moving attempt to speak the unspeakable‘ Sunday Times