ShowBizzBuzz: Adam Karst in Peacock Series ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’

3 min readMay 15, 2024
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Actor Adam Karst, who brings an authentic approach to Pepan in the historical drama series, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, now streaming on Peacock and Sky (UK).

This story of love, survival, and hope also stars Jonah Hauer-King, Harvey Keitel, Melanie Lynskey, and Anna Próchniak.

THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ: Adam Karst as Pepan (photo by Martin Mlaka, Sky UK)

What is the premise of The Tattooist of Auschwitz?

The 6-part series is based on the best-seller by Heather Morris and tells the real-life inspired Holocaust story of Lali and Gita Sokolov, two prisoners who met, fell in love, and survived the Auschwitz Concentration camp.

Adam appears as the French political prisoner Pepan, whose job is to tattoo the prisoners with identification numbers. He saves Lali, taking him under his wing as his assistant and setting up his eventual meeting of new prisoner Gita.

How did Adam Karst prepare for this role?

Adam shares: “Growing up in Israel, we were taught a lot about the Holocaust, so that helped me better understand the situation and what the characters were going through,” Karst shares. “I also pulled from my own family history because my Algerian Grandpa, who spoke French, was in the French Foreign Legion and was a prisoner of war for two years in the Indochina War in Vietnam.”

THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ: (L-R) Jonah Hauer-King and Adam Karst (photo by Martin Mlaka, Sky UK)

Where else have we seen Adam Karst?

You’ll likely remember Adam best for playing some bad guys, including opposite Denzel Washington, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo in The Equalizer 2, and four seasons as Muir on FX’s Snowfall. He co-starred opposite Bollywood’s John Abraham and Manushi Chhillar in Tehran, and emerged in the Jean-Claude Van Damme film, Frenchy. On TV, he’s notably on hit shows such as The Rookie, NCIS: Hawai’I, Transparent, and Entourage, as well as three seasons for Netflix Israeli series Fauda.

What else has Adam Karst been working on?

Adam will star in the series AMIA, about the 1990’s Israeli Embassy bombing in Buenos Aires. Behind the scenes, Adam launched the production company, Optimist Pictures LLC, and is creating projects. He is producing MAMAD, a film based on a true story about the Hamas-led Israeli massacre, and the subsequent TV series, Anatomy of War. He also has an espionage drama series in the works and is producing Claws of the Vietnam Tiger, based on Vietnam Veteran Larry Queen’s book.

How can you keep up with Adam Karst?

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