This week we’re exploring the world of historical fiction where we are transported to the most infamous of the German concentration camps of World War II. But before we dive into that, we’re doing our usual tea drinking and food noshing!
What We’re Eating and Drinking
This week, we’re drinking Harney & Sons Organic Assam tea from the Sipsby subscription: A classic black tea. You can try out Sips By by clicking through and filling out a profile and AND get $5 off your first box! You will get 4 different teas customized to your preferences with over 40 cups o’ tea to enjoy.
Cori was feeling a bit conflicted about eating as we read and talk about life in concentration camps, where food was minimal. However, Robert made some delicious blueberry scones with some lemon curd on the side.
What We’re Reading
Alright, so the book. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is fiction, but based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. His captors realize he speaks 12 languages and so they decide to make him the tattooist, even though we’re pretty sure he doesn’t actually talk to any of the prisoners he is tattooing…
ANYWAY, Lale is imprisoned for more than two and a half years and 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. This is also a love story–Gita, prisoner 34902, gets her number tattooed on her arm by Lale and from the moment he saw her, he has vowed to stay alive to marry her when they get out. Even after Auschwitz is liberated, things are challenging for these star crossed lovers. You will have to read for yourself to see how things turn out.
Coming up Next Time
Next up, the exploration of historical fiction continues with Cori’s pick To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey.