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Breaking News: The Tattooist of Auschwitz to be adapted for film

September 21, 2018

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris has touched the hearts of many readers since its publication in February this year. Having remained on Nielsen BookScan’s Australian top 10 bestseller lists for 24 consecutive weeks, and steadily maintaining its place in the top 10 fiction hardbacks on The Sunday Times bestsellers list for over 25 weeks, it is no surprise that The Tattooist of Auschwitz is now being adapted into a television drama miniseries by Synchronicity Films.

An impressive debut by Morris, the book is based on the true story of Lale Sokolov who worked as a tattooist at the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, marking his fellow prisoner’s arms with a series of numbers that destined them for hard labour or the gas chambers. It is in this concentration camp that Lale first tattooed Gita, a woman who would one day become his wife. The book commemorates the survival of their love in a period of great anguish and turmoil, and is a testament to the enduring strength of the human spirit and heart.

The project is currently underway, with plans for the miniseries to be broadcast in January 2020 to line up with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

This news comes shortly after the announcement that My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante is also being adapted into a miniseries by HBO. We can’t help but wonder which exciting title will be next to grace our television screens…


  1. Ricky Mellish

    Just finished this book can’t wait to see the film

    1. Carl Harris

      Brilliant book. Can’t wait for the film

  2. Karen Price

    Have just finished the book, could not put it down, outstanding and a privilege to read hope the film does Lale’s story justice.

  3. Sherry

    This book, though disturbing, is proof that something good can come out of something so horrific.
    Looking forward to watching the series.
    Thank you Heather Morris for taking the time to share Lale and Gita’s story with us. It is very moving.

  4. Dawn M

    Found the book both informative and compelling. Having visited Auschwitz, I could picture the scenes described in the story. Well written by Heather Morris, and may both Lale and Gita RIP.

  5. Geoffrey Gann

    This book should be read by
    Everyone my emotions were
    All over the place I could not put it down
    Can’t wait for the film

  6. Laura

    After having read many books about the Holocaust, this stands out. From the depths of my soul, I can’t imagine Lale and Gita’s time in Auschwitz. There story needs to be seen as well as read. I will keep looking for the moment when I can quietly sit and watch Heathers words come to life.

  7. Ann marie Domeney murphy

    I have just finished the book thank you Heather for telling lale’s story it was a very emotional read

  8. Guy Néron

    Excellent in all aspects. A beautiful love story in a hateful environment. I would read it again and would enjoy it all over.

  9. Peter Hanssens

    A great read. I have told everyone I know to get it and have even sent my copy to my brother in eastern Canada. My parents went through almost 5 years of Nazi occupation in Belgium and I know that my father if he were still alive would find this novel a point of fact in it’s emotional and compelling narrative. A must read for 2019.

  10. Paulo Rey

    I really loved this book. A great lesson of the power of love driving to an “impossible” survival. The kind of book to read more than once. Impossible to put down no matter the time of the day!!!

  11. Chris Muhar

    I love this book, I have read it twice once before and once after I visited Auschwitz, as I was reading I could visualise the scenes in my head. I would love to the see the film.

  12. Laurie

    I gave this book to my mom who is an Auschwitz survivor. She said it was the best, most accurate depiction of what it was really like.

  13. Cecilia Miles

    Just read this book. I could not put it down! Should be required reading for High School students in this very privelidged country of ours. Can’t wait for the movie!

  14. Angela Cox

    I have just finished reading the book & couldn’t put it down. I’ve not read a whole page nevermind a book in over 10 years & can’t wait to see it serialised on TV. Congratulations Ms Morris on a story well told. RIP Lale & Gita xx

  15. Nick bartlett

    This book should be a must read in all schools and made into a film

  16. wes morris

    Just when I thought I new it all, this amazing book appears, thank you to all concerned,

  17. Theresa Kelly

    One of the best books I’ve ever read. Cannot wait to the movie. Remarkable people.

  18. Peter Thomson

    Have just finished the book. I wish it was thicker or I was a slower reader. Even though it was a disgusting period of our history of what one human can do to another it is a beautiful story that displays the determination of the human spirit 🙏🏼

  19. Ira Redmin

    I just finished reading the book and despite being thinking of myself as having a tough resolution, after completing the book and reading the epilogue a had tears running down my cheeks. Tears of rage, hate, love and happiness.

  20. michelle elliott

    Read the book can’t wait for the mini-series.

  21. Les Ayer

    Out of the depths of hell surrounded by evil, the grace and beauty of the human spirt soars. Never has a book touched me to my core. Well done!!

  22. Pamela Schneider

    I started reading the book and could not put it down until the end. It’s a good thing it was a Saturday! I would love seeing it as a miniseries or movie, hopefully soon. Such an amazing story of love and hope in the throes of so much hate and evil left me emotionally drained and re-thinking the lives of the people murdered there and the survivors. The Holocaust never should have happened and NEVER AGAIN should not just be a slogan.

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