This lovely, illuminating tale of hope and nerve is based upon interviews that were carried out with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov – a memorable romance in the middle of atrocity.
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is by force carried to the prisoner-of-war camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors find he speaks a number of languages, he is used as a Tätowierer (the German word for “tattooist”), charged with completely marking his fellow detainees.
Imprisoned for more than 2 and a half years, Lale witnesses dreadful atrocities and barbarism – however likewise unbelievable acts of bravery and empathy. Risking his own life, he utilizes his fortunate position to exchange gems and cash from killed Jews for food to keep his fellow detainees alive.
One day in July 1942, Lale, detainee 32407, conveniences a shivering girl waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and because very first encounter, Lale promises to in some way endure the camp and wed her.
A brilliant, painful, and eventually confident leisure of Lale Sokolov’s experiences as the guy who tattooed the arms of thousands of detainees with what would turn into one of the most powerful signs of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is likewise a testimony to the endurance of love and mankind under the darkest possible conditions.