This novel is based on the true story behind one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust – the blue numbers tattooed on prisoners’ arms. When Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, was given the job of tattooist in Auschwitz, he used his infinitesimal freedom of movement to help keep fellow victims alive. If caught, he would have been killes; many owed him their survival.
Torrible though this story is, it is also one of hope, of courage – and of love. Waiting in line to be tattooed was a terrified and shaking young girl. For Lale it was love at first sight, and he eas determined he and Gita would survive. Their story, fact-checked against all available documentary evidence, endorsed by the son they never thought they would have, and untold for over seventy years, will make you weep, but it will also uplift you.
For here, in the very worst of circumstances, is the very best of humanity.