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The Tattooist of Auschwitz

rattlesmake or cause to make a rapid succession of short, sharp knocking sounds.
gaugean instrument that measures and gives a visual display of the amount, level, or contents of something.
balled-upconfused or frustrated.
wedgedfix in position using a wedge.
stencha strong and very unpleasant smell.
snatchedquickly seize (something) in a rude or eager way.
scarletof a brilliant red colour.
poppiesa herbaceous plant with showy flowers, milky sap, and rounded seed capsules. Many poppies contain alkaloids and are a source of drugs such as morphine and codeine.
squirmingwriggle or twist the body from side to side, especially as a result of nervousness or discomfort.
gloompartial or total darkness.
BratislavaBratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border with Austria and Hungary.
potendbe a sign or warning that (something, especially something momentous or calamitous) is likely to happen.
raspingharsh-sounding and unpleasant; grating.
seamstressa woman who sews, especially one who earns her living by sewing.
acquiescingaccept something reluctantly but without protest.
commotiona state of confused and noisy disturbance.
skirmishan episode of irregular or unpremeditated fighting, especially between small or outlying parts of armies or fleets.
crouchingadopt a position where the knees are bent and the upper body is brought forward and down, typically in order to avoid detection or to defend oneself.
startledfeeling or showing sudden shock or alarm.
meagre(of something provided or available) lacking in quantity or quality.
trudgewalk slowly and with heavy steps, typically because of exhaustion or harsh conditions.
wrought(of metals) beaten out or shaped by hammering.
corralledgather together and confine (a group of people or things).
demeanouroutward behaviour or bearing.
antagonisecause (someone) to become hostile.
arsonista person who commits arson(the criminal act of deliberately setting fire to property.)
ranknessgrowing with excessive luxuriance
grimedirt ingrained on the surface of something.
determinedlyin a manner displaying resolve and determination.
soddensaturated with liquid, especially water; soaked through.
chafes(with reference to a part of the body) make or become sore by rubbing against something.
semi-deliriousa more or less temporary disorder of the mental faculties, as in fevers, disturbances of consciousness, or intoxication, characterized by restlessness, excitement, delusions, hallucinations, etc.
drenchedwet thoroughly; soak.
bedraggleddishevelled.
albeitthough.
kapoA kapo or prisoner functionary was a prisoner in a Nazi camp who was assigned by the SS guards to supervise forced labor or carry out administrative tasks. Also called “prisoner self-administration”, the prisoner functionary system minimized costs by allowing camps to function with fewer SS personnel.
jockeya person who rides in horse races, especially as a profession.
oafa man who is rough or clumsy and unintelligent.
dogsbodya person who is given menial tasks to do, especially a junior in an office.
canistera round or cylindrical container used for storing such things as food, chemicals, or rolls of film.
nimblequick and light in movement or action; agile.
upendsset or turn (something) on its end or upside down.
retchingmake the sound and movement of vomiting.
infernoa large fire that is dangerously out of control.
Typhusan infectious disease caused by rickettsiae, characterized by a purple rash, headaches, fever, and usually delirium, and historically a cause of high mortality during wars and famines. There are several forms, transmitted by vectors such as lice, ticks, mites, and rat fleas
defilingdamage the purity or appearance of; mar or spoil.
haggardlooking exhausted and unwell, especially from fatigue, worry, or suffering.
emaciatedabnormally thin or weak, especially because of illness or a lack of food.
HebrewHebrew is a Northwest Semitic language native to Israel.
shepherda person who tends and rears sheep.
flinchmake a quick, nervous movement as an instinctive reaction to fear, pain, or surprise.”she flinched at the acidity in his voice”
immaculateperfectly clean, neat, or tidy.
mannequina dummy used to display clothes in a shop window.
sconesa small unsweetened or lightly sweetened cake made from flour, fat, and milk and sometimes having added fruit.
jacquardan apparatus with perforated cards, fitted to a loom to facilitate the weaving of figured and brocaded fabrics.
dulcet(especially of sound) sweet and soothing (often used ironically).
concierge(especially in France) a resident caretaker of a block of flats or a small hotel.
quarteta group of four people playing music or singing together.
silhouettedcast or show (someone or something) as a dark shape and outline against a brighter background.”the castle was silhouetted against the sky”
maitre d’the head waiter of a restaurant.
riflingthe arrangement of spiral grooves on the inside of a rifle barrel.
jostledpush, elbow, or bump against (someone) roughly, typically in a crowd.
scrawny(of a person or animal) unattractively thin and bony.
attachea small, flat, rigid, rectangular case used for carrying documents.
ladlea large long-handled spoon with a cup-shaped bowl, used for serving soup or sauce.
surreptitiouskept secret, especially because it would not be approved of.
tick you offmake someone annoyed or angry.
collaboratora person who works jointly on an activity or project; an associate.
filinga small particle rubbed off by a file when smoothing or shaping something.
transcribingput (thoughts, speech, or data) into written or printed form.
Politische abteilungThe Politische Abteilung (“Political Department”), also called the “concentration camp Gestapo,” was one of the five departments of a Nazi concentration camp set up by the Concentration Camps Inspectorate (CCI) to operate the camps. An outpost of both the Gestapo and the criminal police (Kripo), the political department evolved into the most important of the five.
snortsan explosive sound made by the sudden forcing of breath through one’s nose, used to express indignation, derision, or incredulity.
holstera holder for carrying a handgun or other firearm, typically made of leather and worn on a belt or under the arm.
bellowsa device with an air bag that emits a stream of air when squeezed together with two handles, used for blowing air into a fire.
squealingsay something in a high-pitched, excited tone.
splayingthrust or spread (things, especially limbs or fingers) out and apart.
auspicea divine or prophetic token.
milling(of a machine) designed to cut or shape metal using a rotating tool.
strides offTo depart or walk away with long steps, especially in a hasty, vigorous, or determined manner.
grointhe area between the abdomen and the upper thigh on either side of the body.
reverberate(of a loud noise) be repeated several times as an echo.
partakeeat or drink (something).
batona thin stick used by a conductor to direct an orchestra or choir.
curtrudely brief.
cuffthe end part of a sleeve, where the material of the sleeve is turned back or a separate band is sewn on.
strobesa stroboscope.;an electronic flash for a camera.
kaleidoscopea toy consisting of a tube containing mirrors and pieces of coloured glass or paper, whose reflections produce changing patterns when the tube is rotated.
discreetcareful and prudent in one’s speech or actions, especially in order to keep something confidential or to avoid embarrassment.
emblazonedconspicuously inscribe or display a design on.
provenancethe place of origin or earliest known history of something.
sidleswalk in a furtive, unobtrusive, or timid manner, especially sideways or obliquely.
upbeats(in music) an unaccented beat preceding an accented beat.
earshotthe range or distance over which one can hear or be heard.
lurchesmake an abrupt, unsteady, uncontrolled movement or series of movements; stagger.
viala small container, typically cylindrical and made of glass, used especially for holding liquid medicines.
fondlesstroke or caress lovingly or erotically.
unobtrusivenot conspicuous or attracting attention.
scramblemake one’s way quickly or awkwardly up a steep gradient or over rough ground by using one’s hands as well as one’s feet.
emblazonedconspicuously inscribe or display a design on.
Gypsiesa nomadic or free-spirited person.
Fuhrera tyrannical leader.
four poster beda bed with a post at each corner supporting a canopy.
imminentabout to happen.
swaggerwalk or behave in a very confident and arrogant or self-important way.
distendswell or cause to swell by pressure from inside.
singlet sleeveless garment worn under or instead of a shirt; a vest.
straddlessit or stand with one leg on either side of.
taga label attached to someone or something for the purpose of identification or to give other information.
bastardisedchange (something) in such a way as to lower its quality or value, typically by adding new elements.
toddles(of a young child) move with short unsteady steps while learning to walk.
chidingfull of rebuke; critical.
materialisesbecome actual fact; happen.
vantagea place or position affording a good view of something.
furtivelyin a way that attempts to avoid notice or attention; secretively.
palloran unhealthy pale appearance.
gobleta drinking glass with a foot and a stem.
eunuchan ineffectual person
smatteringa slight superficial knowledge of a language or subject.
incredulous(of a person or their manner) unwilling or unable to believe something.
slinksmove smoothly and quietly with gliding steps, in a stealthy or sensuous manner.
cringesbend one’s head and body in fear or apprehension or in a servile manner.
Kaddishan ancient Jewish prayer sequence regularly recited in the synagogue service, including thanksgiving and praise and concluding with a prayer for universal peace.
jarredsend a painful or damaging shock through (something, especially a part of the body).
persecutionhostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs; oppression.
janglemake or cause to make a ringing metallic sound, typically a discordant one.
enormitythe great or extreme scale, seriousness, or extent of something perceived as bad or morally wrong.
bircha slender hardy tree which has thin peeling bark and bears catkins. Birch trees grow chiefly in northern temperate regions and yield hard, pale, fine-grained timber.
yelpsa short, sharp cry, especially of pain or alarm.
feignedsimulated or pretended; insincere
snarls(of an animal such as a dog) make an aggressive growl with bared teeth.
diminutiveextremely or unusually small.
merestused to emphasize how small or insignificant someone or something is.
turfgrass and the surface layer of earth held together by its roots.
floggedbeat (someone) with a whip or stick as a punishment.
ensuehappen or occur afterwards or as a result.
mutilatedinflict a violent and disfiguring injury on.
belchingemit wind noisily from the stomach through the mouth.
unholsteredremove (a gun) from a holster.
pandemoniumwild and noisy disorder or confusion; uproar.
admonisheswarn or reprimand someone firmly.
glimmera faint or wavering light.
exterminationkilling, especially of a whole group of people or animals.
gleanobtain (information) from various sources, often with difficulty.
plummetfall or drop straight down at high speed.
qualmsan uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear, especially about one’s own conduct; a misgiving.
cowercrouch down in fear.
derailedcause (a train or tram) to leave its tracks accidentally.
groggydazed, weak, or unsteady, especially from illness, intoxication, sleep, or a blow.
corralledgather together and confine (a group of people or things).
fiddlingannoyingly trivial or petty.
mahoganyhard reddish-brown timber from a tropical tree, used for quality furniture.
insigniaa distinguishing badge or emblem of military rank, office, or membership of an organization.
ebonyheavy blackish or very dark brown timber from a mainly tropical tree.;a very dark brown or black colour.
tiffiny lampA Tiffany lamp is a type of lamp with a glass shade made with glass designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his design studio.
enticeattract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage.
sumptuoussplendid and expensive-looking.
chaleta wooden house with overhanging eaves, typically found in the Swiss Alps
al dente(of food, typically pasta) cooked so as to be still firm when bitten.
clanga loud, resonant metallic sound or series of sounds.
ledgerA ledger is the principal book or computer file for recording and totaling economic transactions measured in terms of a monetary unit of account by account type, with debits and credits in separate columns and a beginning monetary balance and ending monetary balance for each account.
prepared to duckIf someone ducks someone else, they force them or their head under water for a short time
rummagessearch unsystematically and untidily through something.
marksIn 1990 the deutsche mark became the official currency of reunified Germany
peruseread (something), typically in a thorough or careful way.
hagglingdispute or bargain persistently, especially over the cost of something.
balustradea railing supported by balusters, especially one forming an ornamental parapet to a balcony, bridge, or terrace.
tutused to express disapproval or annoyance.
forebodinga feeling that something bad will happen; fearful apprehension.
interspersedscatter among or between other things; place here and there.
palingsa fence made from pointed wooden or metal posts.
maraudinggoing about in search of things to steal or people to attack.
sacrosanct(especially of a principle, place, or routine) regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with.
disdainthe feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one’s consideration or respect.
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