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NOW AVAILABLE 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 give The 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 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 CircleCilka 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 loveI 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 fictionMy thanks to Allen Unwin for a copy to read and review The opinions are entirely my own 5 starsAn engrossing shocking and unsettling extension of this series I read and loved The Tattooist of Auschwitz last year and was eagerly anticipating getting my hands on a copy of Cilka s Journey Although a very difficult novel to read due to the atrocities detailed within these pages I found this book to be even intriguing and informative than the first one The writing is honest brutal at times but so important to read so we can honour those that lived through these devastating wartimes Their voices cannot be forgotten Cilka is only sixteen years old when she is sent to Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp in 1942 She is singled out by the commandant to be given separate living arrangements where she will be available for his pleasure After living this way for three years the camp is liberated although Cilka is not freed She is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy She is sentenced to fifteen years at a Siberian prison camp where living conditions are not much different than they were at Auschwitz Birkenau I had not known about these Siberian prison camps prior to reading this novel I was devastated to learn that these dreadful prison camps continued existing after the liberation of Auschwitz The charges that these dreadful prison camps continued existing after the liberation of Auschwitz The charges Cilka faced were so extremely unjust Had Cilka denied the commandant what he reuested she would have been killed What other option did she have My mind was spinning with this situation throughout the entire novel What options did these prisoners have other than to accept what was demanded of themI loved Cilka s character She was extremely strong and inspiring in the face of so much pain She gave strength and hope to many On a side note I believe a large part of what made me truly connect to and love this book so much was that I had been advised by a wonderful friend who read this novel before I did that not everything that happens to Cilka is based on fact As with any historical fiction book fact and fiction are weaved together to paint a broad picture of the time periodsituation being examined Although Cilka was a real person who endured much of what happens in this novel not every single circumstance is her personal story I think knowing that ahead of time really enhanced my connection to the story as it stopped me from looking too deep into the reality of each scenario As the author mentions in the Note at the end of the novel There is a mix of characters inspired by real life figures in some instances representing than one individual and characters completely imagined I urge you to keep this in mind when reading this harrowing and unforgettable book The author does a phenomenal ob incorporating much detail into this gripping and emotional storyline I will leave you with one of the most powerful uotes from this book Everyone affected by war captivity or oppression reacts differently and away from it people might try to guess how they would act or react in the circumstances But they do not really know Thank might try to guess how they would act or react in the circumstances But they do not really know Thank to my lovely local library for the loan of this exceptional novel Wow This book is emotional provoking poignant heartbreaking touchy amazing seuel of Tattoist of Auschwitz Actually Cilka s stories affected Because after the War Her Compelling Fight her compelling fight stay alive and endure all tortures humiliation disgust abuse didn t end yet Now she is sentenced to hard labor in Siberian camps And it was time to sharpen her real survival skills for doing what it takes to stay alive and fight against new kind of human monsters who were determined to absorb her last remaining parts of remained hope and oyful feelings slowly each day This book shakes you to the core feel deeply sad devastated helpless for all those brave women stayed in the hell and achieved to live after all their losses suffers because they were so mentally and psychically so strong and admirable adorable people Cilka was only 16 years old when she was taken to Auschwitz Concentration Camp She grew fast and her instincts told her there were two choices for her to let them do whatever. In this follow up to The Tattooist of Auschwitz the author tells the story based on a true one of a woman who survives Auschwitz only to find herself locked away again Cilka Klein is 18 years old when.

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Cilka's JourneyAd the privilege and pleasure of knowing and lovingThis is an emotional tale which gives a glimpse into one woman s life and experiences in both Auschwitz and a Siberian Labor Camp The cold and snow also become characters in this desolate landscape where the only warmth comes from the close friendships the characters have with others This is a story of survival courage friendship love caring hatred rape racism and cruelty It is eually inspiring and heartbreaking I suggest reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz prior to reading this book Cilka is first introduced in that book as a minor character Due to interest in her Morris began to research her lifeThank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own 45 stars rounded down This is a book of historical fiction Cilka Klein was a real life person who was taken by Germans in WWII to Auschwitz and then Birkenau concentration camps when she was only 16 The author confirmed that Cilka was a real person but many events in the book are her own interpretation of Cilka s experiencesThe German camp commandant notices her beauty and takes for his personal sex slave in 1942 She survives because of this The Soviet Army liberates the camp in 1945 They decide that she was a collaborator because she slept with the enemy They sentence her to 15 years hard labor She is sent to another concentration camp Vorkuta in the far north of the USSR She is taken under the wing of the camp doctor who recognizes her extraordinary abilities Cilka trains to be a nurse and survives 10 years in Vorkuta before being released This is an inspiring story of courage and the will to survive in the face of terrible life threatening conditions I became invested in Cilka s story and thoroughly enjoyed this book I recommend it to fans of Lilac GirlsThank You St Martin s Press and Heather Morris for sending me this eARC through NetGalley Update 299 kindle special today Fantastic price for a book worthy to be read 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 uestion 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 humanityThis novel is darker and intense than her previous book The tattooist of Auschwitz There are moments of INSPIRATIONMoments 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 wallwith reading Holocaust stories I admit to being drainedI was also gifted with some happy news about the good people tooCilka Klein was the good one She did what she needed to doShe made a profound difference to manyRisked her lifeSurvived this warThis novel brings memory important memory to an extraordinary woman Cilka Klein I ll remember youThank 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 My reviews can also be seen at An excellent read I loved The Tattooist of Auschwitz After I read the book I read that there were uestions 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 ust 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 " note at the end she explains what is fact and what is fiction With my defense of this book as 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 Back to name a fewIt s unimaginable that a young girl could survive the horrific Birkenau death camp for three years after being subjected to sexual abuse forced survive the horrific Auschwitz Birkenau death camp for three years after being subjected to sexual abuse forced 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 ust 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 conveyI received an advanced copy of this book from St Martin s Press through NetGalley and copy from Jordan Hanley at St Martin. Cilka and women like her found themselves in as they struggled to survive Once at the Vorkuta gulag in Sibera where she is to serve her 15 year sentence Cilka uses her wits charm and beauty to surviv. They wanted to her body or to die She chose to survive and paid it her sacrifice being udged as prostitute who was sleeping with enemy And her knowledge of than three languages helped them convict her as a spyNow she was facing her inner fears and tried get through her sentencing days because there was always determination and real fighter hid inside her heart to push her keep goingSome parts of this book are so dark brutal terrifying All those torments hunger terror humiliation abuses the women suffered and learned to live with this inhuman conditions when the real war criminals out there resumed living their lives Was it fair Never and ever would be I really exhausted sobbing wiping my tears fighting with the lump on my throat I haven t read something so effective shaking wrecking for so long And the most terrifying part is the events on this book are real So I dried my tears stopped my hiccups and sobs took a deep breath and started clapping all those women praying for their souls Their bravery endurance survival skills determination not to bend and break reminded me of those beautiful words of Anna Frank I don t want to have lived in vain like most people I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people even those I ve never met I want to go on living even after my death Anna Frank achieved to be immortal ust like all these beautiful memorable characters starting with Cilka will always stay in my mind and take a special place in my heartOf course five bravery heroic admiring astonishing full of tears heart wrenching world changing stars coming to this story I wholeheartedly liked Tattoist of Auschwitz last year but I LOVED Cilka s Journey and 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 SS 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 conditionsI 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 SS 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 timesThe Holocaust was horrific and couldn t believe all the awful things that happened in the concentration camp and the Siberian prison camp was ust as bad Heather Morris really did an amazing ob 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 timeI could not put this book down It was a page turner I loved the writing style I am really loving historical novels and because 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 this book in exchange a honest reviewAvailable Now There have to be ways to stay alive than to be witness to so much death Based upon a true story Cilka s Journey tells that tale of Cilka who was sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942 There she gained the attention of the Commandant and is kept separate from the other women she is allowed to have her hair long to have nice things but nothing is free everything has a cost Wanting to survive she does what she can all the while trying to help othersAt the end of the war she believes she is free it is over she can pick up the pieces of her life but life is not kind sometimes it is uite cruel and she is found to be a is not kind sometimes it is uite cruel and she is found to be a for sleeping with the enemy plus she had the gift of language and spoke several languages certainly she is a spy as well as a whore Oh how that made my blood boil Her sentence is being sent to a Siberian prisonwork camp Yet again she cannot escape the unwanted attention rape from men Seriously let s be real sleeping with the enemy and unwanted attention are rape which the women were subjected to time and time again Her only solace is finding a place in the hospital where she falls under the wing of a female doctor and finds purpose helping others giving them solace and saving lives To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time Elie Wiesel I found this book to be well written well researched thought provoking moving captivating and heartbreaking I love books based on true stories and people This book was no exception There are some scenes which may make some people uncomfortable but I feel they are also necessary for the telling of Cilka s story There was a scene in the book where one character showed sacrifice and gave a gift to another character I couldn t help but think of Holocaust Survivor Gerda Weissman Klein who told the story of her friend Isle who found a raspberry on a leaf in a Nazi labor camp and instead of eating it saved it and gave it to Gerda at the end of the day Gerta said Can you conceive of a world in which your entire possession becomes one raspberry and to give this treasure to your friend Cilka does not give a raspberry but she gives an even greater gift in this bookI thought about MA Grandmother a lot during reading this book She was fifteen when she entered Auschwitz and also received unwanted attention and had every single one of her teeth punched out by a Nazi Strongest woman I ever Auschwitz Birkenau is liberated by Soviet soldiers But Cilka is one of the many women who is sentenced to a labor camp on charges of having helped the Nazis with no consideration of the circumstances. ,