In the words of Heather Morris – The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a story of two ordinary people, living in an extraordinary time, deprived not only their freedom but their dignity, their names, and their identities.
To me, Lale and Gita were not ordinary – the strength and faith they demonstrated throughout the book was simply phenomenal to read.
“Politics will help you understand the world until you don’t understand anymore, and then it will get you thrown into a prison camp. Politics & religion both.”
You did what you had to in order to survive the ordeal of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Many didn’t, and that makes their story even more magnificent.
How in the midst of all the chaos was Lale able to stay positive, always help others around him and even find the love of his life, all the while keeping his sanity, is absolutely beyond me. Gita’s trust in him was extraordinary.
I find it difficult to put into words the emotions I felt throughout the book. Disgust, anger, hope…. my words really do fail me.
I was so close to tears at the end of the book. I know it will affect me for a long time.
What an incredible journey of survival and love! Very,very emotional.
Another Amazing 5 star read – although it doesn’t feel right to rate it like that.