by Heather Morris
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a heart-wrenching, illuminating and unforgettable novel by Heather Morris based on the extraordinary true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov.
Several years ago Heather met Lale who wanted to share his story. For the next four years, Heather was entrusted with his memories and also has official documents to back up his story.
Lale was the tattooist at Auschwitz and held a relatively privileged position in the camp. The story is not just his, but Gita’s as well – the woman he met and fell in love with in the concentration camp and who, incredibly, he found after the war and married.
Lotte Weiss, a Holocaust survivor involved at the Museum, also knew Lale from pre-war Bratislava. They were shocked to see one other in the camp and she describes how as he tattooed her number they spoke under their breath so as not to raise the suspicion of the SS guard.