Cilka's Journey

Cilka's Journey

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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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.

Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9781250265791
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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ArapahoeKati Oct 28, 2019

An incredible story about Cilka, an Auschwitz survivor, is condemned to a Russian gulag. Inspiring, heartbreaking and the kind of book you won't want to put down. Keep tissues nearby.

OPL_KrisC Oct 22, 2019

A powerful and emotional historical read.

Oct 21, 2019

Loved this book. Really, really good. It's almost unfathomable to believe how cruel and heartless humans can be. That said, the story also gives hope. Highly recommend this book.

ArapahoeSarahH Oct 12, 2019

This follow up to The Tattooist of Auschwitz follows a fictionalized version of Cilka's journey after being "liberated" from Auschwitz and sentenced to 15 years hard labor in a Russian Gulag near the Artic Circle. Similar to Tattooist, Morris' second novel highlights the love and friendship that can bloom in even the most horrific situations. Cilka's story was so compelling that I finished this novel in two sittings, and was awake long after finishing thinking of all the moral and other topics brought up by this novel.

DCLadults Oct 10, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. “The Tattooist of Auschwitz,” based on a true and incredibly moving story, introduced us to Cilka. She survived Auschwitz only to be branded a collaborator and thrown into a Siberian prison camp. Here is the rest of her story.

JCLPiepieB Oct 07, 2019

This book did not grab me as "Tattooist" did; I was reading an advance copy but the writing seemed choppy and juvenile. I will say that the author's note at the end was very interesting.

debwalker Sep 24, 2019

From Auschwitz to a Siberian prison camp - and what you do to survive.


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