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Cilka's Journey

2019 . Fiction, Historical, Jewish . Heather Morris

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About the book

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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.

Year:

2019

Language:

English

Publisher:

St. Martin's Publishing Group

Pages:

400

ISBN:

1250265797 (ISBN13: 9781250265791)

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Reviews

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Sophie Stewart

2 months ago

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AMAZING. i read this after ‘the tattoist of auschwitz’ as i became intrigued by cilka’s characterisation, she was mentioned every now and then but her character was never explored in depth. this book was even more emotional than the first, as a women it was extremely hard to read and it made me really mad a lot of the time. again, it was so inspiring and made me feel so grateful for my life. i would recommend but if you’re an emotional person it is an extremely hard read.

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New York Times Best Sellers image

9 months ago

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A 16-year-old, who sleeps with a concentration camp commandant in order to survive, is sentenced to a Siberian prison camp where she cares for the ill.

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