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'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.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Notes

  • Sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

  • Cilka's Journey was twelfth in the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards - Best Historical Fiction with 3,122 votes.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Richmond, East Melbourne - Richmond area, Melbourne, Victoria,: Echo Publishing , 2019 .
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      Extent: 324 p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published October 2019.

      ISBN: 9781760686048 (pbk)

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Works about this Work

Banality Blights Miriam Cosic , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2 November 2019; (p. 19)

— Review of Cilka's Journey Heather Morris , 2019 single work novel

'Heather Morris’s debut novel was a runaway success when it came out in January 2018. The Melbourne-based New Zealand writer wrote The Tattooist of Auschwitz after meeting and befriending the man, Lali Solokov, on whose story the book is based. It’s a love story: Solokov met his wife, Gita Furman, and fell for her, when, as a prisoner-functionary, he tattooed her number on her forearm.' (Introduction) 

Banality Blights Miriam Cosic , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2 November 2019; (p. 19)

— Review of Cilka's Journey Heather Morris , 2019 single work novel

'Heather Morris’s debut novel was a runaway success when it came out in January 2018. The Melbourne-based New Zealand writer wrote The Tattooist of Auschwitz after meeting and befriending the man, Lali Solokov, on whose story the book is based. It’s a love story: Solokov met his wife, Gita Furman, and fell for her, when, as a prisoner-functionary, he tattooed her number on her forearm.' (Introduction) 

Last amended 12 Dec 2019 06:04:33
Subjects:
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau, Occupied Poland (1939-1945),
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    Poland,
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    Eastern Europe, Europe,
Settings:
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau, Occupied Poland (1939-1945),
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    Poland,
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    Eastern Europe, Europe,
  • Siberia,
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    Russia,
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    c
    Former Soviet Union,
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    Eastern Europe, Europe,
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