Temple Beth Emet Book Club

Every month we read a work connected to Judaism, either by subject or author (or both!)
We welcome everyone with a love of books and learning.


Conducted by Fran Bourne-Johnson

Where:    Blum Hall at Temple Beth Emet of Burbank

When: November 26, 2019  7:00PM to 8:30 PM

What is the book we will read and discuss:   

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel by Heather Morris

Based on the real-life experiences of Holocaust survivor Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov, author Heather Morris’s novel is a testament to the human spirit and the power of love to bloom in even the darkest places. And it’s hard to imagine a place darker than the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. In 1942, Lale is rounded up with other Slovakian Jews and sent to Auschwitz. Once there, he is given the job of tätowierer, inking numbers into the arms of frightened prisoners at a sickening rate. One of these prisoners is a young woman named Gita–and in spite of their plight, they fall in love. Lale’s position as the tätowierer gives him privileges but does not shield him from the brutality of the camps. Time and again he risks his life to help his fellow prisoners, and my heart was in my throat at the chances he took for Gita and others. Despite the passing of years and the ever present threat of death, Lale and Gita never stop believing in a future together where they can live as husband and wife. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a beautiful and life-affirming novel. Thinking about it still brings tears to my eyes and warmth to my heart. —Seira Wilson, Amazon Book Review

Where to get the book:     The book is available on Kindle and in print at and other retailers.  Please read the book and be prepared to discuss it.

Cost of Participating:        Free!

No Book Club in December!