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…