Read It! Nicole Says…Read These Books

By Nicole McManus

Reading is a Gift – I am a firm believer that there is a reader in all of us, we just need to find the right book to spark the interest/love of books.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz,  by Heather Morris

Lale decides to save his family by signing up to work for the Germans, as they required one male from each Jewish family, and his older brother had a family of his own. Fearing the worst, but hoping for the best, Lale finds himself transported to Auschwitz, where he was marked with a number and told he would be tattooing others. He used his language skills and position to help his fellow prisoners, exchanging goods for foods. His will to survive came in a brief meeting with a woman named Gita. Upon seeing her eyes, he knew he would do everything to live, so he could marry her.

Heather Morris had the distinct honor to interview Lale Sokolov after the death of his wife, Gita. He needed to share their story before he joined her side again. The author transformed this from a possible movie script, to a full-length novel. Told mostly through dialogue, readers are taken on the horrific journey of life during the Holocaust. This is a book that everyone should read.

February is pretty much known as the month of love. This book is more than a survivalist story, it is indeed a love story. As I read this book, I kept reminding myself that Lale and Gita were real people. I know I am one who always reads every little extra piece included in the back of the book, I know there are people who don’t. I highly recommend reading the extras, as you will get to see photos of these two and hear from their son in the afterword. Holocaust stories are always powerful, and we can learn from each one. In this story, I learned that there were Jewish tattooists, and it reaffirmed the belief that true love can survive everything.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus

    Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at

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