SASMM Book Club
A book has been selected for the June Book Club meeting. We will be reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. We will gather together on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at Sandra Malley’s home in Clarksburg, Maryland. Please RSVP to her email at sandra.malley@LNF.com for directions and additional information.
About The Tattooist of Auschwitz from Goodreads.
This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale 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.One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov’s experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.
We are always looking for author/book suggestions. Please either come to a book club meeting or send in your suggestions so that we can include them with the others. Remember, if your book suggestion is chosen, you’re the next host/hostess!
St. Andrew’s Society of Mid-Maryland
2019 Calendar Events
The St. Andrew’s Society of Mid-Maryland (SASMM) sponsors a variety of events each year and participates in others. Bear with us while we confirm the 2019 dates, but check out the 2018 calendar for an idea of when and where and join us! There is something for everyone!
National Tartan Day – April 6 Tartan Day Festival Lions Yard Sale –
Southern Maryland Celtic Festival – 4th Saturday, traveling tent available (reciprocal agreement)
Spring Kirkin’ – May 5th Frederick Presbyterian Church
Fairhill Games – normally third weekend, tent available
Garrett County Games –
Celtic Night at the Keys
British Car Show – 1st Sunday
Virginia Scottish Games – Labor Day weekend (reciprocal agreement)
In The Street – 2nd Saturday
Ligonier Highland Games, traveling tent
Richmond Games – usually 3rd or 4th Saturday
Maryland Irish Festival – 10th-12th
Scottish Christmas Walk – 1st Saturday
Kris Kringle Procession – 2nd Friday
Lads and Lassies –7th
Hogmanay – 31st