PLOT: In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners…..One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her. ( read more here )
My Review/ My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I don’t think that I can find many words to describe this book. It is simply heartbreaking and sad but at the same time is showing the resilience that a human being is capable off. Even after reading and seeing movies about the concentration camps, it is still hard to read about it and all the suffering people had to go through.
This is more than a love story, this is the story of people that tried to survive, even if that meant that sometimes they had to do stuff that did not make them proud or happy. This is the story of how a good heart can remain good even after the faith in a God has left.
And I suppose that this is a proof that when love is present anything is possible.
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