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I have a number of books to read right now, but I never seem to find the time to read, or when I do I fall asleep! This is unlike me because I love reading! But, on Mother's Day, Madalynn gave me a book about WWII, which she knows I love, and not only that, it is based on a true story. As soon as I started reading it, I was sucked in and the desire to sleep was not a problem.
The book is The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. I had never read anything by Heather Morris, but I was impressed with her superb handling of this story of Lale and Gita Sokolov that she was able to hear first hand from this couple who met in Auschwitz. The story tells of Lale's imprisonment from Slovakia, his level headedness and how his ability to obtain the tattooist position helped him to be of benefit to many others in the camp. We see his instinct for survival, especially after he meets Gita (giving her her tattoo) and determines that she will one day be his wife. Through all of the atrocities that Lale sees, he doesn't lose his humanity and care for his fellowman.
There are a few spots in this book with some bad language and of course, dealing with the subject matter of the prison camp, highly adult topics. But, overall, most of the scenes that could be very graphic and ugly are handled with care and taste. You feel the angst without having to have it graphically described, which I appreciated.
This story of Lale and Gita is one of triumph in the midst of horror. If you love stories of love and survival from the WWII era, you will enjoy this book!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!