Heather Morris. Photo by Ying Ang for The New York Times

Praise for The Tattooist of Auschwitz

“The kind of book you lose sleep over, and not just because you can’t put it down … They will be reading this book in 100 years’ time. In fact, it may still be on the bestsellers list.”


“A sincere … moving attempt to speak the unspeakable.”

The Sunday Times

“Odyssean story of humanity and survival.”

Jewish Chronicle

“A powerful evocation … of how true love can transcend even the most hellishly inhuman environments.”

Publishers Weekly

“A remarkable story of survival and how love triumphed in that lawless hell. A phenomenon.”

The Times

“An immensely satisfying book.”

The New York Times

“A remarkable achievement.”

Tablet Magazine

“Based on a true story, the wrenching yet riveting tale of Lale’s determination to survive the camp with Gita is a moving testament to the power of kindness, ingenuity, and hope.”  


“Although one might suspect that there’s far more to his past than is revealed here, much of Lale’s story’s complexity makes it onto the page. And even though it’s clear that Lale will survive, Morris imbues the novel with remarkable suspense.”


“A touching and redemptive tale of love and selflessness.”

Times Literary Supplement

“Brilliant and heartbreaking.”

Louise Minchin, BBC Breakfast

“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the story of hope and survival against incredible odds and the power of love.”


“..this is a powerful, gut-wrenching tale that is hard to shake off.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Like the Nobel Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel’s Night, Morris’ work takes us inside the day-to-day workings of the most notorious German death camp. Over the course of three years, Morris interviewed Lale, teasing out his memories and weaving them into her heart-rending narrative of a Jew whose unlikely forced occupation as a tattooist put him in a position to act with kindness and humanity in a place where both were nearly extinct.”


“An extraordinary story of a single and singular life and its great love.  Heather Morris carefully recreates one man’s journey through of the world’s worst times and places, as moments of sheer will, ferocious tenacity – even luck and serendipity – transform a miracle from the preserve of hope and daydream into a long and cherished life. Her Lale speaks to one of Viktor Frankl’s clarion ideas: ‘that the salvation of Man is through love and in love.'”

 Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay

The Railwayman’s Wife

“As many interviews as I did with Holocaust survivors for the Shoah Foundation and as many devastating testimonies as I heard, I could not stop reading THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ—an extraordinary story of love so fierce it sustained people enduring the unimaginable. Read it, share it, remember it.”

  Jenna Blum

Jenna Blum

Those Who Save Us & The Lost Family

“What an extraordinary and important book this is. We need as many memories of the Holocaust as we can retain, and this is a moving and ultimately uplifting story of love, loyalties and friendship amidst the horrors of war.”

  Jill Mansell

Jill Mansell

International bestsellING AUTHOR

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, coming more than seventy years after the events it describes, and reminding us how many stories will forever remain untold. It reminds us that every one of the unimaginably large number of Holocaust victims was an individual with a unique story … And this story is an extraordinary one, even by the standards of Holocaust stories – by turns moving, confronting and uplifting and, of course, a window on one of the most horrific events in human history. Heather Morris tells Lale’s story with dignity and restraint, never letting her own voice intrude, nor letting the love story overwhelm the greater context of displacement, trauma and survival. This is a story about the extremes of human behaviour existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved.  I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”

 Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project

The Tattooist of Auschwitz has the quality of a dark fairytale. It is both simple and epic, shot through with compassion and love, but inescapably under the shadow of the most devouring monsters our civilisation has known. Everyone should read it.”

 Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

journalist, foreign correspondent, TV newsreader, and author of Minefields

“A powerful and redeeming love story set against a horrific background of unimaginable hate.”

 Pamela Wallace

Pamela Wallace

Academy Award ® Winning Screenwriter, WITNESS

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a profoundly moving, immense story of loss and courage, exploring the depths of the human heart. Written in unflinchingly spare prose, it will make you cry tears of both outrage and wonder. Morris climbs into the dark miasma of war and emerges with an extraordinary tale of the power of love.”

 Leah Kaminsky

Leah Kaminsky

author of  The Waiting Room

“An eloquent and touching account of a truly remarkable story that simply had to be told. This is an intricate and sensitive portrayal of a brave, tenacious, determined yet caring, romantic, generous, and simply beautiful soul, against a despair-filled, catastrophic environment with scenarios too harsh to even imagine. The story of Gita and Lale’s steadfast and enduring love for each other in one of the most inhumane circumstances known to mankind, alongside the cruel reality of the ‘choiceless choices’ that certain individuals were forced into during those harsh and evil times creates a dramatically vivid picture which captivates, inspires and enriches. A must read.”

 Cedric Geffen

Cedric Geffen

Co-President – March of the Living

Press Coverage

  • ‘Stealing moments, stealing time’: the love story that started with a tattoo in a death camp, an interview – The Guardian
  • Extraordinary love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz – Independent (UK)
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz: the moving love story inside the horror of Nazi death camp – Daily Telegraph (UK)​
  • A Holocaust love story tattooed in Auschwitz ink: The Tattooist of Auschwitz author explains how she befriended Lale Sokolov and pieced together his story of courage, survival and love – Irish Times
  • ‘Morris originally crafted Lale’s story as a screenplay, and the novel, quick-paced and in present tense, retains a cinematic feel … The Tattooist of Auschwitz captures an incredible love story and celebrates the humanity of an extraordinary man’ – feature review in The Australian
  • ABC Australia Radio National Conversations with Richard Fidler (audio)
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz and his secret love – BBC News
  • The incredible story of love and survival at Auschwitz: a Q&A with Heather Morris – The History Channel (UK)​
  • Heather Morris: The impossible love story of the ‘Tattooist of Auschwitz’, in the Death Camp – SBS Radio Australia (audio)
  • ‘These books call the reader to an appreciation of, on the one hand, clear distinctions between good and evil and, on the other, fine shades of grey in between. If they have lessons to teach, those lessons need the full story.’ Surviving Auschwitz: Two remarkable stories of love and hope – Spectrum (Fairfax newspapers, Australia)​
  • ‘It was a kind of unburdening.’ Former Auschwitz prisoner tattooist’s extraordinary tale of love and survival – SBS Online (Australia)
  • ‘This is an inspiring and eye-opening read – Lale and Gita’s is a story of remarkable love and resilience in the worst possible circumstances’ – Readings (Australia)​
  • A Slovak prisoner tattooed in Auschwitz, remained silent until he grew very old – The Slovak Spectator