From the title and cover alone, you know that The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is going to be a story of love and survival through the worst parts of the events leading up to and during World War II. Most of the story is told from the perspective of Lale, who is transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Lale ultimately becomes the Tätowierer, which is how he meets Gita, and it’s love at first sight. As heartwarming as the love story between Lale and Gita is, don’t write off the heartbreaking details within this phenomenally written tale.
My Overall Thoughts on The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
I mean, how do you review a story like this? Of course, it’s considered a work of fiction, but is based on a true story. It’s entirely heartbreaking, and would almost be unbelievable if you didn’t know it was true. In The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris does a fantastic job of detailing the horrors of the concentration camps. However, the story of love and survival between Lale, Gita, and even other prisoners keeps you hopeful. It’s hard to imagine how these prisoners kept their faith and hope. However, this novel gives you a bit of insight as to how they did that.
“To save one is to save the world” or something along those lines is quoted frequently throughout this novel. Again, it really gives you a look into the prisoner’s thoughts and willingness to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. It’s awful to read, but powerful, and so very important.
Would I Recommend The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris?
One of my favorite genres is historical fiction, especially World War II. I’m not sure what it is about this genre; I just find it to be one of my favorites. So, I’ve read several historical fiction novels surrounding the events of World War II. The Tattooist of Auschwitz may be toward the top of my favorites list.
We all know a lot about how World War II and the concentration camps ended, but I don’t want to give away the story within. I’ll say this is a truly captivating read, and I’m also looking forward to starting Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris.
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