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From the author of the multi-million copy bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz comes a new novel based on a riveting true story of love and resilience.
Her beauty saved her ― and condemned her.
Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other women prisoners, Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly taken, equals survival.
When the war is over and the camp is liberated, freedom is not granted to Cilka: She is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to a Siberian prison camp. But did she really have a choice? And where do the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was send to Auschwitz when she was still a child?
In Siberia, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she meets a kind female doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing and begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.
Confronting death and terror daily, Cilka discovers a strength she never knew she had. And when she begins to tentatively form bonds and relationships in this harsh, new reality, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.
From child to woman, from woman to healer, Cilka's journey illuminates the resilience of the human spirit―and the will we have to survive.
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Praise for Cilka's Journey:
"In the stirring follow-up to The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Morris tells the story of a woman who survives Auschwitz, only to find herself locked away again. Morris’s propulsive tale shows the goodness that can be found even inside the gulag."--Publishers Weekly
Praise for The Tattooist of Auschwitz:
“Based on a true story, the wrenching yet riveting tale of Lale’s determination to survive the camp with Gita is a moving testament to the power of kindness, ingenuity, and hope.” ―People
“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the story of hope and survival against incredible odds and the power of love.” ―PopSugar
“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document..I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.” ―Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project
About the Author
- Publisher : Griffin; Reprint edition (September 8, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 125026569X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250265692
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.35 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2021
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Cecelia Klein, Cilka, has been in Auschwitz, a German concentration camp for three years when the book opens and is being told she is free. But what happens next is what the rest of the story is about. The women she meets in the gulag are so brave, endure so much but make a life in spite of their new world. This quote from the book sums it up, “Cilka can see that she has gone from one cruel, inhuman place to another.” Not since reading the DIARY OF ANNE FRANK have I felt the hope but unabashed realization of life at that time albeit one before the camps and one after. There are hints of what life in a socialist country is like: the wealthy still get better treatment than the poor. Is that fair?
There are so many people who might enjoy reading this book: those whose family have a connection to Auschwitz, German women, Jewish women, young women in general. I loved it and I’m none of these. It comes highly recommended. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book through NetGalley. I give it 10 stars!
Auschwitz-Birkenau is being liberated and Cilka is ready to be free. Instead she is sent to the Russian Gulag in Siberia for sleeping with the Nazis.
Sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
I taught Holocaust for many years and heard survivors/their families speak about the horrors they saw and went through. Never knew that so many were imprisoned again after the camps were liberated. Something that is obviously not talked about.
Cilka Klein you will never be forgotten! She risked her life, courage, strength and even found love under brutal, devastating conditions.
This book is a MUST read!! I now need to read The Tattooist Of Auschwitz.
Thank you NetGalley, St. Martin's Press/ Publishing and Heather Morris for allowing me the opportunity to read this phenomenal book! One I will never forget.
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Survival was all she had.it was her strength to live and live a life in hell that made her strong.along with millions of others in the same situation.i cant begin to imagine the hell on earth that these brave people lived for many yrs.but we must never forget either.the next generations must be shown what horrors the past generations were capable of .can it happen again ?yes and its up to us to prevent it.
No human has the right to inflict the horrors of these war crimes on onother human no matter there race.colour religion.my heart goes out to the millions who suffered at the cruelty of men and women who thought they ruled the world.never again can it be allowed to happen.
I really didn’t like the ongoing flashbacks, might have worked in a screenplay/movie but certainly not in a book. Far better to have built the character’s pre-war and during Auschwitz-Birkenau, this would have made the injustice and transition to incarceration by the Russians more of a stark contrast.
Shame, this sequel really didn’t work on many levels.