The Tat­tooist of Auschwitz

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO CITY BEAT - - by Heather Mor­ris

Based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slo­vakian Jews, who sur­vived Auschwitz and even­tu­ally made their home in Aus­tralia.

In that ter­ri­ble place, Lale was given the job of tat­too­ing the pris­on­ers marked for sur­vival - lit­er­ally scratch­ing numbers into his fel­low vic­tims’ arms in in­deli­ble ink to cre­ate what would be­come one of the most po­tent sym­bols of the Holo­caust.

Lale used the in nites­i­mal free­dom of move­ment that this po­si­tion awarded him to ex­change jew­els and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep oth­ers alive.

If he had been caught he would have been killed. Many owed him their sur­vival.

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