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This lovely, enlightening story of faith and bravery is centered on meetings with the Holocaust survivor and the tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov from Auschwitz-Birkenau-an unforgettable story of friendship in the aftermath of atrocity.

Lale Sokolov, a Slovak Jew, was forcefully transferred to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps in April 1942. When his captors find that he talks several dialects, he is placed to job as a T├Ątowierer (the German term for “tattooist”), whose task is to mark his former inmates forever.

Lale, imprisoned for more than two and a quarter years, is witnessing terrible crimes and barbarism-but also incredible deeds of compassion and courage. In order to maintain his former inmates alive, he utilizes his protected place to swap gems and cash for meat from killed Jews.

One day in July 1942, Lale, 32407 inmate, comforts a shaking youthful lady scheduled in queue to have her wrist etched with the digit 34902. Her title is Gita, and Lale plans to somehow endure the village and meet her in that first meeting.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a vibrant, harrowing, and eventually promising replay of the trials of Lale Sokolov as the person who carved the bodies of thousands of inmates with what would become one of the most powerful signs of the Holocaust.