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Cilka's JourneyFrom The Author Of The Multi Million Copy Bestseller, The Tattooist Of Auschwitz, Comes The New Novel Based On An Incredible True Story Of Love And Resilience Her Beauty Saved Her Life And Condemned Her Cilka Is Just Sixteen Years Old When She Is Taken To Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp, In The Commandant At Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, Notices Her Long Beautiful Hair, And Forces Her Separation From The Other Women Prisoners Cilka Learns Quickly That Power, Even Unwillingly Given, Equals SurvivalAfter Liberation, Cilka Is Charged As A Collaborator For Sleeping With The Enemy And Sent To Siberia But What Choice Did She Have And Where Did The Lines Of Morality Lie For Cilka, Who Was Sent To Auschwitz When Still A Child In A Siberian Prison Camp, Cilka Faces Challenges Both New And Horribly Familiar, Including The Unwanted Attention Of The Guards But When She Makes An Impression On A Woman Doctor, Cilka Is Taken Under Her Wing Cilka Begins To Tend To The Ill In The Camp, Struggling To Care For Them Under Brutal ConditionsCilka Finds Endless Resources Within Herself As She Daily Confronts Death And Faces Terror And When She Nurses A Man Called Ivan, Cilka Finds That Despite Everything That Has Happened To Her, There Is Room In Her Heart For Love

[Read] ➻ Cilka's Journey ➸ Heather   Morris – New-books.run
  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Cilka's Journey
  • Heather Morris
  • 09 March 2018
  • 1250265703

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About the Author: Heather Morris

I am a Native of New Zealand now resident in Australia, working in a large public hospital in Melbourne For several years I studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an academy award winning Screenwriter in the U.S In 2003, I was introduced to an elderly gentleman who might just have a story worth telling The day I met Lale Sokolov changed my life, as our friendship grew and he embarked on a journey of self scrutiny, entrusting the inner most details of his life during the Holocaust I originally wrote Lale s story as a screenplay which ranked high in international competitions before reshaping it into my debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

10 thoughts on “Cilka's Journey

  1. says:

    I loved The Tattooist of Auschwitz After I read the book I read that there were questions concerning the veracity of this book I did not read this as a work of nonfiction, but rather a work of fiction based on real events I certainly get that there may be inaccuracies, but the spirit of the novel worked for me A message that must be conveyed the importance of never forgetting the horrific things that happened Things that we have to be reminded of because there are so few Holocaust survivo I loved The Tattooist of Auschwitz After I read the book I read that there were questions concerning the veracity of this book I did not read this as a work of nonfiction, but rather a work of fiction based on real events I certainly get that there may be inaccuracies, but the spirit of the novel worked for me A message that must be conveyed the importance of never forgetting the horrific things that happened Things that we have to be reminded of because there are so few Holocaust survivors left, because of the rise of antisemitism in the world, and because there is a lack of awareness of the Holocaust among young people There are, I m certain, many nonfiction books and documents covering the Holocaust and the Siberian Gulags , but I ve never been a big reader of nonfiction For me, and this is just my personal experience, it has been mostly Holocaust fiction that has has opened my eyes to the atrocities and has broken my heart with immensity of the loss of so many people If a work of fiction can do that, in my opinion it is worth reading It is with this view that I read Cilka s Journey and that I high recommend it I appreciate that Heather Morris tells the reader upfront that the book is a work of fiction In a note at the end, she explains what is fact and what is fiction With my defense of this book as fiction, I should add that there are memoirs that I hold in my heart and believe that everyone should read Night, The Diary of Anne Frank And Related Readings, But You Did Not Come Back to name a few.It s unimaginable that a young girl could survive the horrific Auschwitz Birkenau death camp for three years after being subjected to sexual abuse, forced to do unthinkable things in order to stay alive and then be sentenced to fifteen years in a Gulag in Siberia for aiding the enemy Heather Morris enables us to imagine these horrors and takes us to both of these places in this novel Moving back and forth between Cilka s flashbacks of Auschwitz Birkenau and her present Siberia, we are seamlessly taken from place to place, from time to time Sometimes it s a thought, a dream , or a present ugly reminder that takes Cilka and us back and forth It is difficult and uncomfortable and necessary for us to see and imagine how horrible it was I m not going to detail any of that here, but will just say that this is an important work of fiction which reflects the horrors of these times and places, but also the real emotions, the real humanity, the real love and the real resilience of people that historical fiction can convey.I received an advanced copy of this book from St Martin s Press through NetGalley and copy from Jordan Hanley at St Martin s

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    The Year is 1942 and Cilka is only sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp She was a beautiful girl She was raped and sexually abused by two S.S Officers She does whatever she has to do, to stay alive and survive Then she is free from the concentration camps but then she is condemned She is charged with sleeping with the enemy and is then sent to Siberian Prison Camp for 15 years She faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwant The Year is 1942 and Cilka is only sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp She was a beautiful girl She was raped and sexually abused by two S.S Officers She does whatever she has to do, to stay alive and survive Then she is free from the concentration camps but then she is condemned She is charged with sleeping with the enemy and is then sent to Siberian Prison Camp for 15 years She faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards She then becomes a nurse and has a little bit of freedom She begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.I loved loved loved this book This is a historical novel and there are some graphic scenes that are dark This book was a lot darker than The Tattooist of Auschwitz This book can be read as a standalone It is an emotional read The S.S Officers are monsters, they kill and hurt human beings This is a terrible story but it also is a story of hope and courage Cilka is so brave I really did love this story This story is an emotional read, but I also found it uplifting at times.The Holocaust was horrific and couldn t believe all the awful things that happened in the concentration camp and the Siberian prison camp was just as bad Heather Morris really did an amazing job on the characters my favorite character was Cilia but I also loved Josie too All the characters were very well done and made this novel come alive I felt so sad for Cilka, and everything she went throughThere are some scenes that are graphic but this is the Holocaust, a horrifying time.I could not put this book down It was a page turner I loved the writing style I am really loving historical novelsandbecause I think they are needed because we need to remember what happened so that history isn t forgotten This is an unforgettable story that will stay with me for a long time I want to thank Jordan, St Martin s Press and Heather Morris for the ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review

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    A wonderful book about one woman s amazing tale, Cilka s Journey is a book where you struggle to come to terms with man s inhumanity to man I mean, how much can one woman go through in one lifetime Based on the true story of Cecilia Klein, first incarcerated in Auschwitz Birkenau extermination camp, when the camp is finally freed by the allies she finds herself arrested for collaboration with the Nazis, and sent to a Soviet gulag above the Arctic Circle.Cilka was obviously an extraordinary you A wonderful book about one woman s amazing tale, Cilka s Journey is a book where you struggle to come to terms with man s inhumanity to man I mean, how much can one woman go through in one lifetime Based on the true story of Cecilia Klein, first incarcerated in Auschwitz Birkenau extermination camp, when the camp is finally freed by the allies she finds herself arrested for collaboration with the Nazis, and sent to a Soviet gulag above the Arctic Circle.Cilka was obviously an extraordinary young woman, only sixteen when first sent to Auschwitz, she did what she could to survive, and found she had to pay for it through the years that followed We first met Cilka in the author s fantastic book The Tattooist Of Auschwitz, whereas Cilka s Journey is a fictional tale about her time spent in the gulags Conditions in the camp come to the fore, Cilka having to cope with rape, coercion, and the bitter cold of Siberia Yet through it all hope shines, hope that she will one day be free and be able to find love.I found Cilka s Journey to be a compelling, yet harrowing read A wonderful heroine, yet a hard subject, it leaves the reader feeling uneasy, the fact that this book is based on real life However I have no hesitation in recommending it to all lovers of historical fiction.My thanks to Allen Unwin for a copy to read and review The opinions are entirely my own

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    Memories of her old life have faded, become blurred At some point it became too painful to remember that life with her family, in Bardejov, existed When faced with the choice between blind obedience to those in charge or death, Cilka chooses life, but never really fully commits to either choice, as physically, emotionally and mentally drained as she is Still, there is something inside her that fights to live even when she seems to have nothing left to giveThe rules change day to day heMemories of her old life have faded, become blurred At some point it became too painful to remember that life with her family, in Bardejov, existed When faced with the choice between blind obedience to those in charge or death, Cilka chooses life, but never really fully commits to either choice, as physically, emotionally and mentally drained as she is Still, there is something inside her that fights to live even when she seems to have nothing left to giveThe rules change day to day here, she thinks And though this camp has a different purpose to get them to work for Russia, rather than killing them for being Jewish in these conditions, and with constant rape, always the threat of violence and the hole, Cilka can see that she has gone from one cruel, inhuman place to another Still a teenager when she was taken to Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where she was first used as a tool for the pleasure of men for the three years she was there And then released from the Nazis, she ends up in Siberia In the Vorkutlag or Vorkuta Gulag labor camp located in Siberia, where she s been charged with collusion for doing what she had been forced to do by the men in Auschwitz Birkenau Men and women worked hard to avoid the punishment meted out to ones who dared pause in their labor, working to the point of collapsing, occasionally dropping dead from the work, or lack of foodWhat you are doing, Cilka, is the only form of resistance you have staying alive Cilka s story is a somewhat fictionalized account of Cilka, a real woman who befriended Lale Sokolov, also a real person, in the author s The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I am in awe of Cilka, her story, her persistence and inner strength that helped her survive what seems at every twist and turn to be unendurable and yet survive she must Pub Date 01 Oct 2019 Many thanks for the ARC provided by St Martin s Press

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    The Tattooist of Auschwitz 2 Having survived being the enslaved mistress of a powerful Nazi leader at Auschwitz, the story begins with Cilka charged as a collaborator, loaded on a train with other women, and taken to the now notorious Vorkuta Gulag in 1945 After arriving at the work camp, her and the other women in her hut battle for trust, hope, and forgiveness She finds herself, yet again, in a position where survival trumps ethics Cilka grasps for a greater purpose after leaving The Tattooist of Auschwitz 2 Having survived being the enslaved mistress of a powerful Nazi leader at Auschwitz, the story begins with Cilka charged as a collaborator, loaded on a train with other women, and taken to the now notorious Vorkuta Gulag in 1945 After arriving at the work camp, her and the other women in her hut battle for trust, hope, and forgiveness She finds herself, yet again, in a position where survival trumps ethics Cilka grasps for a greater purpose after leaving behind her dark past and quickly finds herself in a position to work within the confines of the Gulag hospital She struggles to justify some of the hospital policies but also questions her own intentions Having discerned hope as only a barren illusion, Cilka takes the reader on a haunting and remarkable journeyAgain, as she has experienced over and over in her young life, she finds herself with two choices, one, the narrow path opening up in front of her, the other, deathCilka s account specifically centers around the treatment of women in a Soviet Gulag The brutality, rape, and undernourishment are intense but are an essential part of the gulag experience for the women who were imprisoned there Vorkuta Gulag resonated in maltreatment and violence, and the details are richly accounted for in this novel.Although this is the second novel for The Tattooist of Auschwitz, it easily works as a standalone This account is only about Cilka and what happens to Cilka after being labelled as a Nazi collaborator having left Auschwitz The author provides the background about what happened to Cilka very early on Throughout the novel, flashbacks spanning from 1939 1945 give additional information about Cilka that was not included in the first novel, and each flashback is beautifully coated in irony The location and date are noted above the flashbacks and each flashback is indicated by a page break and written in italics A must read because not enough is written about the Gulags I could not put this one down The notes from Heather Morris at the end are a must But do not read them before because they contain spoilers HIGHLY recommend to fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and historical fiction This one is much darker than The Tattooist, but equally critical and a story that needs to be heard.Many thanks to St Martin s Press, Heather Morris, and NetGalley for this advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.Forabout the Gulags Disturbing Gulag PhotosGulag History

  6. says:

    There was such inhuman, unimaginable misery, such a terrible disaster, that it began to seem almost abstract, it would not fit with in the downs of consciousness.Cilka had two choices death or do as she was told Cilka was convicted of working with the enemy, as a prostitute and additionally as a spy She was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor There is no question of how well written, researched, captivating, brutal, devastating and emotionally GUT WRENCHING the history and storytelling is There was such inhuman, unimaginable misery, such a terrible disaster, that it began to seem almost abstract, it would not fit with in the downs of consciousness.Cilka had two choices death or do as she was told Cilka was convicted of working with the enemy, as a prostitute and additionally as a spy She was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor There is no question of how well written, researched, captivating, brutal, devastating and emotionally GUT WRENCHING the history and storytelling is Heather Morris outdid herself This is a phenomenal novel of the HORRORS of warThe HORRORS of humanity This novel is darker andintense than her previous book The tattooist of Auschwitz There are moments of INSPIRATION.Moments of ruthless courage strength bravery with ordinary people doing incredible things to help others There is love and there is CilkaI ve almost hit my limitthe wall.with reading Holocaust stories I admit to being drainedI was also gifted with some happy news about the good people too.Cilka Klein was the good one She did what she needed to do.She made a profound difference to manyRisked her lifeSurvived this warThis novel brings memory important memory to an extraordinary woman Cilka Klein I ll remember you Thank you first and foremost author Heather Morris Thank you Netgalley and St Martins Publishing and their terrific staff who are some of the most hardworking generous people in the book world

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    4.5 starsI m one of the few people who hasn t read the author s previous historical fiction book, The Tattooist of Auschwitz I will eventually go back and read that one because I thought the author did an incredible job with Cilka s Journey While this book features a character from the other novel, this one can easily be read as a standalone Cilka was just sixteen years old when she was taken to Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp She does what she can to survive and in 1945 the camp is li 4.5 starsI m one of the few people who hasn t read the author s previous historical fiction book, The Tattooist of Auschwitz I will eventually go back and read that one because I thought the author did an incredible job with Cilka s Journey While this book features a character from the other novel, this one can easily be read as a standalone Cilka was just sixteen years old when she was taken to Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp She does what she can to survive and in 1945 the camp is liberated However, she is not free as she has been accused of sleeping with the enemy and is sent to a Siberian prison camp With conditions not much better than those at the concentration camp, Cilka once again is going to have to find the strength to fight for her life.There are different types of historical fiction books and this one isheavy on the fiction side Unfortunately so many details about the real life Cilka remain unknown and I m glad the author is upfront about how she pieced together facts along with her imagination to come up with the story In my opinion, Heather Morris did a good job showing the harsh and inhumane conditions of these post war prison camps I believe she captured the essence of what it might have been like for Cilka and other prisoners and to me that s what makes this such a worthwhile read regardless of whether it was 100% factual or not While the war might have ended in 1945, so many people, like Cilka, continued to suffer and that is something that should never be forgotten The only slight criticism I have about the book is I felt like it was a rushed ending I m not trying to give away spoilers, so I will just say I m specifically talking about the Epilogue I think there was some room to expand there as I was left wanting just a bit .Overall, this was an incredible book and I m thankful the author felt it was a story worth telling Simply put, go out and read this book Thank you to Netgalley and St Martin s Press for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review

  8. says:

    The sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz This is the story of Cilka, which is based on the real life of Cec lia Kov ov She was a 16 year old character from book 1 The Tattooist of Auschwitz She was a forced sex slave of a Nazi SS commandant.I read this one as a fictional story as I m not sure which parts are factual Either way, her story is gripping, compelling and utterly heartbreaking I loved Cilka s strength and courage Every day was a struggle with new obstacles and little hope, The sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz This is the story of Cilka, which is based on the real life of Cec lia Kov ov She was a 16 year old character from book 1 The Tattooist of Auschwitz She was a forced sex slave of a Nazi SS commandant.I read this one as a fictional story as I m not sure which parts are factual Either way, her story is gripping, compelling and utterly heartbreaking I loved Cilka s strength and courage Every day was a struggle with new obstacles and little hope, but her instinct for survival was strong.We follow Cilka as she is charged as a collaborator by the Russian government She is sent to the gulags in Siberia It was hard to read about how dire and horrific the prisoners were treated I was invested in her story and pulling for her to make it through.A compelling historical fiction novel with a character who felt very real to me and one I ll remember.Thanks to NG and the publisher for my review copy OUT October 1, 2019

  9. says:

    At only 16 years old, Cilka Klein was taken to Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp, where she clung to life for three years Cilka s beauty and distinctive hair catch the eye of a senior officer, Commander Schwarzhuber As a child, she becomes a pawn to powerful men and realizes her only chance of survival is to do as she s told.Upon Cilka s release from the Nazis, she is charged with colluding with the enemy by her Russian liberators After three years of watching her people, and even family, At only 16 years old, Cilka Klein was taken to Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp, where she clung to life for three years Cilka s beauty and distinctive hair catch the eye of a senior officer, Commander Schwarzhuber As a child, she becomes a pawn to powerful men and realizes her only chance of survival is to do as she s told.Upon Cilka s release from the Nazis, she is charged with colluding with the enemy by her Russian liberators After three years of watching her people, and even family, being murdered, Cilka is sent to another place of imprisonment the Vorkuta Gulag in Siberia In this new confinement, she quickly learns that not much is different, with unwanted attention from both men and guards However, she finds friendship and purpose in the hospital ward and even a possible spark of romance.Cilka s Journey from the best selling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz Heather Morris continues Cilka Klein s story of survival, the strength of character, and bravery through some of the worst times of human history It reveals the atrocities committed against women in particular and explores themes of shame and sexual violence which are still relevant today This work of historical fiction will open your eyes to the realities women in these camps faced and the resiliency of the will to live

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    The premise of this book is designed to shock Cilka is sent to Birkenau in 1942 At sixteen years old, she is forced to become a sex slave of the Commandant She also is put in charge of the barracks housing the women going to the gas chambers When the Russians liberated the camp, she is charged as a collaborator for working with and sleeping with the enemy and sentenced to a labor camp in Siberia for fifteen years.The story alternates between Cilka s time in Siberia and her time back in Birke The premise of this book is designed to shock Cilka is sent to Birkenau in 1942 At sixteen years old, she is forced to become a sex slave of the Commandant She also is put in charge of the barracks housing the women going to the gas chambers When the Russians liberated the camp, she is charged as a collaborator for working with and sleeping with the enemy and sentenced to a labor camp in Siberia for fifteen years.The story alternates between Cilka s time in Siberia and her time back in Birkenau We see the horrors of what she endures in both places She suffers horrible survivor s guilt yet continues to persevere Because of her intelligence, she is trained to be a nurse Through it all, she seeks a way to give her life meaning and find a way to compensate for what she did in Birkenau At times, I questioned whether the author made Cilka just a little too good to be true The author keeps the pace up and she never lingers too long on any one scene This helps the reader as some of the issues Cilka faces are graphic and disturbing.The book is wonderful for what it makes us think about How would we have acted Not just in Birkenau but also in the gulag Cilka existed in real life, but this is very much a piece of fiction There wasn t much to go on but the author did do a good amount of research into life in the gulags The book includes an essay at the end concerning the gulags and it s well worth reading.The book is considered the second in a series, but can easily be read as a standalone It would make a book club selection.My thanks to netgalley and St Martin s Press for an advance copy of this book

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