Author Heather Morris captivated Indooroopilly State High School students last week with the amazing true stories behind her international bestseller, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
The book tells the story of Holocaust survivor Lale Sokolov, who tattooed numbers on the arms of thousands of fellow prisoners in the Nazi prisoner camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Heather is currently promoting the Young Adult edition of The Tattooist of Auschwitz. The book has been edited and updated for younger readers and contains extra materials including classroom discussion points, additional photos, maps, documents and other educational resources.
It will be a version that adults will want to refer to as these additions really add to a deeper understanding of Lale’s story.
Heather presented two sessions to our students from Years 7 to 12 as well as meeting with a small group over lunch.
She also talked about her forthcoming book, Cilka’s Journey, to be released in October.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
It tells of the life of one of the minor characters in The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
We felt privileged to hear the further stories that others had shared with Heather and look forward to reading Cilka’s Journey.
Year 7 student Tasnia expresses our gratitude:
Heather Morris came to talk about her book The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Her explanation of a variety of stories from the time of the Holocaust was incredibly informative and compelling. She taught us about the struggles of being in a Nazi Concentration Camp and the tasks people had to do in terrible conditions. I, along with all the students of the Indooroopilly community, appreciate her coming along to enlighten and edify us.
Teacher Librarian and Distance Education Supervisor