Cilka's Journey

Cilka's Journey

Fiction, General Fiction, European History
Paperback Published on: 01/10/2020
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Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2020

Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her.

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. 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 survival.

After 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 conditions. Cilka 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.

'She was the bravest person I ever met.' - Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • Publisher: Zaffre
  • ISBN: 9781785769054
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 287g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm

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Cilka's Journey
A good read
This was a good read but I expected it to be more harrowing . I read this immediately after finishing TTOA. This was the story of Cilka Klein who survived... READ MORE
Leona OMahony
Cilka's Journey
Simply Beautiful
This was the third book of Heather Morris' that I read (as I read them out of order), and honestly, I'm disappointed that there are non in this series left... READ MORE
Cilka's Journey
A must read for everyone
After reading the Tattoist of Auschwitz in 2019 I was excited to finally get to read Cilkas journey. I learnt so much from this book about the prison camp ... READ MORE
Amy Nicholson