Ratings : 16943

Review : 1457

Published : Jan. 27, 2018

By : Bonnier Publishing Australia

Language : eng

Paperback : 288 Pages

Published : Jan. 27, 2018

By : Bonnier Publishing Australia

Language : eng

Paperback : 288 Pages

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

16943 Ratings - 1457 Review

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival—literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught, he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.

There have been many books about the Holocaust—and there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov's incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners, and he was determined to survive—not just to survive but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is also—almost unbelievably—a love story. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale—a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer—it was love at first sight, and he determined not only to survive himself but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story—their story—will make you weep, but you will also find it uplifting. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.

Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the war. They eventually made their way to Australia, where they raised a son and had a successful life. But when Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden of their past alone. He chose to tell his story. Publisher's Summary

ABOUT Heather Morris

Heather was born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand, educated at Pirongia Primary School and Te Awamutu College.

In 1971 she moved to Melbourne, Australia.

In 1975 she and her husband returned to New Zealand, living in Christchurch.

She commenced a B.A. degree at Canterbury University (NZ) in 1986 before moving back to Melbourne in 1987.

She completed her B.A. at Monash University in 1991.

In 1995 she began work in the Social Work Department at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne where she stayed until 2017.

In 1996 she decided to follow her passion for storytelling and enrolled in The Professional Scriptwriting Course through the Australian College of Journalism.

Heather attended many screenwriting courses, seminars and workshops in both Australia and the U.S. Her first screenplay was optioned by Academy Award winning writer Pamela Wallace (Witness).

In 2003 she was introduced to Lale Sokolov and subsequently wrote The Tattooist as a screenplay.

The Tattooist was optioned by Instinct Entertainment (Melbourne). When the option lapsed, Heather entered it into several international screenwriting competitions, winning the International Independent Film Awards competition in 2016 and highly placing in several others, including the ISA (International Screenwriters’ Association) and Final Draft competitions.

Inspired by the comments from competition readers, Heather embarked on a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to self-publish her story as a novel.

Through this venture, she came to the attention of Angela Meyer at Echo (Bonnier Publishing Australia) in Melbourne.