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This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.

“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior 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, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project

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.

33 Ways to Help with Spelling equips teachers and teaching assistants with a wide range of practical resources to help children who are having difficulties learning the basic skills of spelling.

Offering a range of activities and games to engage children and encourage motivation in the classroom, this essential classroom companion provides ready-to-use material that doesn’t need lengthy forward preparation. Activities include auditory and visual mnemonics, phonetics and tactile tasks.

These practical and fun ideas incorporate a variety of learning styles, using kinaesthetic and auditory techniques, that put the emphasis on ‘games’ rather than ‘work’. The activities are especially suitable for teaching assistants working with individuals or small groups. The book works step-by-step through practical activities which:

  • keep children motivated and enjoying learning
  • don't require extensive knowledge or experience from the adult
  • are adult-led so children don't have the opportunity to repeat mistakes
  • are grouped into different basic skills, so teachers can choose the activity best suited for the child’s needs
  • have clear, concise and pedagogically sound reasons for the activity
  • include extension activity where appropriate to challenge pupils.

Aimed mainly at primary pupils, secondary teachers will also find this book invaluable to use with pupils who are falling behind. The series facilitates good inclusive provision and is a resource from which useful ideas and materials can be taken without having to plough through chapters of theory and research.

Lale Sokolov kommer till Auschwitz-Birkenau 1942. Han beordras att tatuera de medfångar som märkts ut för att de ska få ”leva”, det vill säga arbeta sig till döds i stället för att gasas ihjäl direkt. Lale stålsätter sig och utför sin uppgift med mekanisk effektivitet, men en dag står en ung kvinna framför honom – och när han möter hennes blick gör hans hjärta en volt i bröstet. Han blir blixtförälskad och bestämmer sig för att inte bara överleva lägret själv, utan också se till att den unga kvinna han just ska tatuera också ska göra det. Hennes namn är Gita.

Lale inser tidigt vilket öde han och de andra i lägret är på väg att möta, men han bestämmer sig ändå för att leva livet fullt ut och bevara sin värdighet. Den gnistan tänder även Gita och en oförglömlig kärlekshistoria som övervinner koncentrationslägrets omänskliga förhållanden tar sin början.

Heather Morris är född i Nya Zeeland men bor numera i Melbourne, Australien. 2003 presenterades hon för en ”äldre gentleman”, som sades ha en historia att berätta. Dagen hon mötte Lale Sokolov förändrade bådas liv och allteftersom deras vänskap växte anförtrodde Lale Heather Morris sina innersta hemligheter ur sitt liv som lägerfånge och tatuerare. Berättelsen blev så småningom hennes debutroman, Tatueraren från Auschwitz, som fått ett fantastiskt mottagande och alltjämt stigande försäljningssiffror. Heather Morris gestaltar Lale och Gitas kärlekshistoria trovärdigt och ömsint. Bara det faktum att förälskelse och kärlek kan uppstå och överleva i förintelselägret Auschwitz gör den här berättelsen unik.
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