The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris and British Christian History and the Jewish People: Recovering an ancient spiritual legacy by James E. Patrick

26 January 2018

HEATHER MORRIS’s The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Bonnier Zaffre, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-78576-364-9) is about the Holocaust survivors Lale Sokolov (whom the Nazis gave the job of tattooing prisoners who were chosen to live) and his wife, Gita, whom he met in the camp: a moving true love story that also solves a historical puzzle about the tattoist’s identity.

James E. Patrick’s British Christian History and the Jewish People: Recovering an ancient spiritual legacy identifies a “surpris­ingly positive tradition of philosemitism” from 200 to the present, including Balfour’s and his Cabinet colleagues’ biblically influenced motives (Grove Books, E187, £3.95 (£3.55); 978-1-78827-024-3).

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