The Tattooist of Auschwitz

This book was pretty remarkable.  I read it very quickly.  For the longest time, I had been put off from reading it because of the title.  I just did not want to read of the horrors of holocaust any longer.  On the recommendation of a good friend and the hardcover copy of the book from another friend, I decided to give it a try.  I could barely put it down.  The author wrote the story in such a style that it was not painful to read.  The characters were beautifully depicted.  But the biggest thing of all was that it was a true story.  At the end of the book, there is an epilogue that just adds even more. 

Simplistically put, this is the story of Lale and his life in Auschwitz.  He meets Gita there and they fall in love.  Lale works as the tattooist, which may be considered as a collaborator with the nazis.  He receives privileges that other prisoners were not allowed.  But he was, by no means, a collaborator.  He was their puppet.  Late finds ways to smuggle food and medicine to needy prisoners…..and much more.

This is a good book to read.