The Tattooist of Auschwitz should be required reading. It is not only a riveting tale; it is a truthful conveyance of the Holocaust from the perspective of a survivor, Lale Sokolov. Nothing is fictional. The final chapter of the book is in the voice of the author, relating further detail regarding the main characters and her research and interviews.
Plot. Lale arrives in Auschwitz on a cattle car in 1942 and is a prisoner through the end of WWII. He is the camp Tätowierer, German for tattooist. Lale meets and falls in love with Gita, a young girl on whose arm he inks 34902. The author uses the real names of guards, the camp doctor, Josef Mengele, etc., The Tattooist of Auschwitz is authentic, historical.
The horrors inflicted by the SS cannot be conveyed better than the details and descriptions you’ll find in this book. It is awesome. And horrible to contemplate.
Although you should read it first, let your kids read as well. Talk about it. It happened. Only if we never forget will it not happen again.