Posted on December 10, 2018 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The latest critique of The Tattooist of Auschwitz’s historical accuracy comes from very close to the story’s home.
Leaders of the Auschwitz Memorial Research Center say so many visitors to the site have asked about the novel that they decided to publish an article addressing these questions.
The piece in the center’s Memoria magazine ultimately concludes that the book “contains numerous errors and information inconsistent with the facts; as well as overinterpretations, misinterpretations and understatements on which the overall inauthentic picture of the camp reality is built.”
It’s not the first time author Heather Morris has had to respond to criticisms, though.
Last month, the New York Times wrote a piece addressing the discrepancy of the number assigned (in the novel) to Gita Furman, the protagonist’s love interest.
Morris responded via email that “the book does not claim to be an academic historical piece of nonfiction, I’ll leave that to the academics and historians. It is Lali’s story.”
Read more about the number debate as well as the other details under fire in the Times of Israel.
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