The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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Review / Reflection

A strange read. I have no idea how I stumbled upon this one. A romance set in the concentration camps comes with clear challenges that I don’t think the author navigated well. The characters aren’t sketched out well, the dialogue is erratic and the complexities of the situation have been skimmed over shallowly. Discussions of morality were skimmed over and didn’t do the heaviness of the topic justice. Incredibly impacting situations were stated matter-of-factly and then the plot just kept going.

However, it is incredible that this story is inspired by a true experience. Reading in the appendix about the experience of the actual people is amazing. The way gentleness and humanness prevailed is inspiring.