In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. 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 was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too. So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.
What a powerful story, even more so that it’s based on true events. The authors notes at the back are just as interesting and eye-opening as the story itself.
The harrowing truths of the Holocaust are bought to life in this book in such an amazing way. It sounds wrong to say I really enjoyed it, but I did.
This story is captivating and I devoured it in a single day. I’ve owned it for at least 3 years and am disappointed it took me so long to pick it up.
It had such an amazing ending and I can see Cilka’s Journey now waiting to be picked up on my bookshelves.
I highly recommend this book.