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  • Historical Fiction Post WW II

    In 1942, Cilka Klein is only sixteen years old when she arrives Auschwitz-Birkenau a concentration camp, she and her sister Magda have spent days standing up in a packed train. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices how pretty she is, and she's quickly separated from the other female prisoners. Cilka becomes the Commandants sex slave, she has no choice, no rights and she endures years of his abuse. Finally the camp is liberated, Cilka has been through years of hell, she has lost her family, she's witnessed terrible acts of inhuman cruelty and she's been sexually abused. Unlike the other Auschwitz camp survivors she hasn't been starved to death, so physically she's in better shape, she's also bilingual she can understand and speak in many different languages. The Russians consider Cilka a traitor, she's charged as a collaborator, she's been sleeping with the enemy and she's sent to a prison camp in Siberia called Vorkuta. In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges that are now shockingly familiar, being humiliated yet again, having her head shaved, fumigated, waiting in endless lines, eating slop with no cutlery, it's freezing cold, the pecking order among inmates and the unwanted attention of men. Cilka knows she has two choices, one is to find a protector or camp "husband" and the other? She faces being abused by multiple men, her choice is Boris her camp husband, she tolerates him, he's the best of a bad bunch and yet again her body is being used. Cilka soon makes a good impression on the camp doctor with her quick thinking, first aid skills and Dr Yelena Georgiyevena takes under her wing. Cilka begins working in the camp hospital, she's a natural at caring for people and despite what has happened to her she is still compassionate and kind. Cilka suffers from terrible nightmares, she still caries the shame and heavy burden of her past. By helping the sick and injured she finds a reason to keep going as she has years to serve stuck in a Russian prison and she's not going to last long working outside in the harsh weather conditions. Cilka's Journey, is a story about one young woman's fight to survive, her will to continue living and she does despite the odds. Imagine how she felt after surviving Auschwitz, she should finally be safe and free. Instead she's judged, severely punished and sent to Siberia to abused over and over again. I enjoyed The Tattooist Of Auschwitz but Cilka's Journey was brilliant, I read it in one day and five stars from me.

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  • Devastating story

    This along with Heather Morris’s previous book The Tattooist of Auschwitz are well worth reading to show the strength of some beautiful people to survive the absolute cruelty that was inflicted on them by such inhumane conditions and sick people of allowing these camps to happen

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  • heart felt

    Was transported in thia book and couldnt put down.

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  • Great Read

    After not being able to out down the Tattooist of Auchwitz, I was hoping this would also be a page turner- I was not disappointed. Well written and pulled me in as well as tugged on those emotions.

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  • Silk as story

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