Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

GAHC Book Discussions

January 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the GAHC Book Discussion group on Tuesday, January 14th at 7pm for the third of their 2019-2020 book discussions.

On January 14th, the group will discuss The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. The discussion will be led by Nick Pitz.

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.

Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

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.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov’s experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

Details

Date:
January 14, 2020
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Organizer

German American Heritage Center
Phone:
563-322-8844
Email:
info@gahc.org

Venue

Bettendorf Public Library
2950 Learning Campus Dr.
Bettendorf, IA 52722 United States
+ Google Map