The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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Join us at 6.30pm on Thursday 1st March as Heather Morris joins us to speak about her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a novel based on the most incredible true story of Lale Sokolov, a Jewish man imprisoned at Auschwitz and forced to undertake the job of tattooing identification numbers on his fellow prisoners. While undertaking this harrowing dehumanising job at the age of 24, Lale met and fell in love with a young woman, Gita, when he tattooed a number on her arm. His life given purpose again through his love for Gita, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his privileged position in the camp for the good of his fellow prisoners. This is a powerful true story about survival, and about love overcoming the most unimaginable horrors.

 

About the Author:

Heather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now resident in Australia. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US. 

In 2003, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who ‘might just have a story worth telling’. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives, as their friendship grew and he embarked on a journey on self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote Lale’s story as a screenplay – which ranked high in international competitions – before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. 

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