By Heather Morris, A love story between two Holocaust survivors based on a true story
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on a true story about a Jewish man, Lale Sokolov, who is put to work as a tattooist at Auschwitz, the infamous German concentration camp. There, he meets Gita, a woman who is waiting to be branded with her identifying serial number, and he falls in love with her.
The story that follows is one about love, luck, survival and finding hope in the most impossible of places.
Lale’s story is unique in that he’s not really a normal prisoner at Auschwitz. Instead, in a stroke of luck, he has a chance to become the tattooist at the concentration camp, which brings him into the fold of the political wing of the camp administration. This allows him some level of protection, freedom and privileges which provides a slightly different perspective about Auschwitz and the Holocaust than can typically be seen. When he falls in love with Gita, he’s able to extend some of those protections to her as well.
Deffo worth a read.