"The Tattooist of Auschwitz" -- a novel about the Holocaust written by a sweet and sincere and creative non-Jewish Australian woman originally from New Zealand named Heather Morris, a screenwriter and a novelist -- has been called "a literary hoax" by Holocaust some education bloggers in Australia and USA, in much the same way that Herman Rosenblat's 2008 Holocaust memoir "Apples Over the Fence" was blessed and championed by Oprah Winfrey 9 times on her show with Herman making 3 appearances himself and then when Gabriel Sherman exposed the memoir as a literay hoax based on a big fat white lie and fib that Herman told on TV show, published in The New Republic magazine and causing the memoir to be cancelled before publication and Herman to admit on TV that he lied for the sake of telling a good story and to try to make sense of his experience in the Holocaust when he was now an old man of 87.
Same with "The Tattooist of Auschwitz." It's a bestseller worldwide, sold 760,000 copies so far, with a movie project in the works for 2025.
However, the book is NOT based on a true story, as the cover tagline and the PR material from the publisher Echo Press in Australia says. In fact, Morris made up the cockamamie story in the prologue of Lale meeting his future wife when she was 18 and he was a 25 year old Jewish tattooist in a Nazi concentration camp whose job was to tattoo the concentraiton camp NUMBERS on the arms of the inmates. Morris concocted this story, which is not true and has been denied by Lale's son Gary Sokolov in Australia in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.
SEE BELOW FOR HIS IMPORTANT DENIAL:
So while the novel was written and published with good intentions as part of a worldwide Holocaust education movement among Jews and non-Jews, this particular novel, like Apples Over the Fence, was not based on a true story and contained a huge blooper in the prologue where Morris tells a bit fat white lie which was part of her PR and marketing plan. It worked. The book sold well.
But the book is based on a major lie, white lie, poetic license lie.
It's too late to recall the novel, it is already out in 760,000 copies.
But the movie project, which is being scripted by a Jewish Australian screenwriter named Jacqulin Perske, the movie script could take out the big fat lie in the prologue of the novel since it is certifiably not a true thing as Gary told the Guardian report, also a Jewish reporter name Catherine Montefior.
The movie could tell a true more honest story without going the cockamamie fake story of Lale meeting his future wife when he was tattooing her arm at the age of 18 when she entered the camp. Gary can tell his side of the story someday.
We Holocaust education bloggers around the world, Jewish and non-Jewish, hope that in the memory of his dear departed father Lale Sokolov, z'l, Gary Soklov can find it within his Jewish soul to tell the truth as he did to the Guardian last year and repeat that the prologue of the novel is NOT the way it happened.
Gary? Jacquelin? Heather? It'syour turn now. SPEAK!
Gary speaks via The Australian Guardian in the Books Blog with this headline:
Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore: They consummated their relationship, too, in Birkenau ...?
HEATHER MORRIS: ''Yes, they. really. were. intimate. That was something that when Gary, his son, read in the first draft of the screenplay I wrote, he told me it wasn’t true. “You have to take that out.” I looked at Lale and Lale’s head dropped down. I said, “Well Lale, is it true?” He nodded his head and said, “Yes.” “And do you want me to take it out?” And he nodded his head and said, “No.” Gary. just. whacked. his. dad’s. head. over. with. the. script!''
SEE? Even Gary said it wasn't true. He asked that white lie be taken out of her screenplay that later became the novel. Even Heather confesses. It is obvious that she was controlling Lale in a sweet gentle way that was also maniplating him for her own marketing purposes. GARY? Can you speak to this now in 2018?
Herman speaks to USA TV media ABC News
Exclusive: Holocaust Faker Herman Speaks Out
Lale speaks in 1 minute video ''scripted interview'' set up by Heather Morris to corroborate her big fate white lie: YOU MUST SEE THIS VIDEO!
Guess who wrote this unvetted obituary in 2007 and note the date, ten years before the novel was published, [created to support her literary hoax marketing plan] for Lale Sokolov after his death, none other than perpetrator of the literary hoax Heather Morris: It's unheard of for an author planning a future marketing campaign for an elderly and ill Holocaust survivor to write his obituary in a major newspaper to her support her book in progress! Literary Hoax!
Morris wrote in her unvetted fake obit in the Guardian:
Lale Sokolov, who has died aged 90, was a Jewish businessman who survived Auschwitz as the camp tattooist. There, he met his wife Gita, with whom he spent the rest of his life in his Slovakian homeland and later in Australia.
Born and educated in Krompachy, Lale had a natural ability with languages, which took him into the business world and ultimately saved his life. During the early months of the second world war, while managing a department store in Bratislava, he learned that all Jews in Krompachy were to be rounded up in "camps". He offered himself to the local authorities as a young, fit male more suitable for work than his ageing parents, believing this gesture would keep his family safe. The day he was taken from their home was the last time he saw his parents.
Transported in April 1942, in the first transport of Jewish prisoners to Auschwitz, Lale was imprisoned in Auschwitz-Birkenau, and tattooed with the number 32407. Within weeks he was stricken with typhus, but survived. Shortly afterwards, he was approached by a French prisoner known as Pepan, the tetovierer (tattooist), and asked if he would work with him. Four weeks later Pepan disappeared and Lale was made the tattooist, responsible for the numbering of all prisoners. In July 1942 while tattooing a group of female arrivals, Lale looked into the eyes of a young girl, Gisela (Gita) Furman. With the help of an SS officer called Baretski, the couple began exchanging letters, and on Sundays, the one day prisoners were given to rest, brief, furtive meetings took place.
This next part, get ready, is PURE BULLSHIT and AN AFFRONT TO THE 6 MILLION WHO PERISHED IN THE HOLOCAUST. MORRIS WROTE: ''On many occasions, Lale was required to stand beside Dr Josef Mengele as he selected his victims. Mengele often said to him, "One day, tetovierer, one day I will take you." HOW DOES SHE KNOW THAT? BECAUSE LALE TOLD HER THAT? HE MADE IT UP. SHE MADE IT UP. SEE? THAT IS BIG FAT WHITE LIE IN AN OFFICIAL OBITUARY IN TNE GUARDIAN WHICH NEVER VETTED HER BULLSHIT OBIT.
With money and jewels entrusted to him by prisoners, Lale traded for contraband with local villagers, which he then distributed to the most needy. Eventually, however, he was caught, interrogated and beaten. He witnessed many further atrocities, including a day when all 4,500 Gypsy prisoners were taken to the gas chambers.
Two days before the Russian army advanced on Auschwitz, Gita was taken away and Lale was moved to Mauthausen camp. Eventually, he escaped, swimming the Danube under the crossfire of German and Russian troops, and made his way back to Slovakia. With the war's end, he went searching for Gita, finding her eventually in her home village. The couple married in October 1945 and settled in Bratislava, opening a silk fabric factory.
When the communists nationalised all private business, Lale's factory was taken from him, his assets were confiscated and he was thrown into prison. Through judicial contacts he was freed, but warned that he and Gita should leave Slovakia immediately. Via Paris and Vienna, they travelled to Australia in 1948, where they opened a factory making ladies clothing in Melbourne. Their son Gary was born in 1961. [HE STILL LIVES IN AUSTRALIA age 59.]
Lale was always passionate about sport, and gave large donations to the young athletes who represented Australia at the Maccabiah Games, the Jewish Olympics, held in Israel. In later years his television remained permanently tuned to sports channels. Asked how he kept such a positive attitude towards life, he replied with his charming smile, "If you woke up and were alive, it was a good day." Gita died in 2003. Lale is survived by Gary.