The Tattooist of Auschwitz. In 1942, Slovakian Jew, Lale Sokolov, was transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where his fluency in multiple languages earned him a promotion from hard labor to the job of Tätowierer, the inmate responsible for tattooing a string of numbers on the arm of each new arrival. While on duty, he calms a petrified young woman about to react unwisely under his needle – and quickly begins to fall in love with Gita, prisoner 34902. “I tattooed her number on her left hand,” Lale recalled in an interview with author Heather Morris, “and she tattooed her number in my heart.”
Finally, Morris shares Lale and Gita’s love story with the world in The Tattooist of Auschwitz, a powerful portrait of courage, sacrifice, and compassion, and a moving memorialization of an enduring love that blossomed, miraculously, in history’s darkest time and place. Books will be available for purchase for a book-signing after the book talk. This event is free, but advance registration is required.
Heather Morris is a writer and native of New Zealand, now residing in Australia.
This event is co-sponsored by the Holocaust Museum Houston. [Organizer's description]