Cilka's Journey

Cilka's Journey

Book - 2019
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From the author of 'The Tattooist of Auschwitz' comes a new novel based on an incredible true story of love and resilience during World War II.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250265708
Characteristics: 343 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Jun 09, 2021

Cilka survived the concentration camps of Auschwitz -Birkenau because of her beauty. She was chosen to sleep with her captors and in return her life was spared. Unfortunately when the war was over and the prisoners released, Cilka was not granted freedom. For collaborating with the enemy, she was sentenced to imprisonment in Siberia for 15 years. Thus began more of the same treatment except now she had to outlive the shame of being from the "other place" and was blackmailed for it. However, Cilka was taken under the wing of a female Doctor and got a relatively easy job as a nurse in the hospital. The hardship endured by her and her co-prisoners make for poignant reading. If you have read "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" you will want to continue with Cilka's Journey. If not, this is a good stand alone which will give you an idea of what Cilka's tenure at Auschwitz was like and how her journey has progressed. Will her journey end in freedom and will she be able to find love? You will want to keep reading this book to find out.

Mar 13, 2021

The sacrifices this young girl made to survive.

Mar 03, 2021

returned 3/4/2021 - due 3/18

Feb 09, 2021

Holocaust Genre. Cilka is the love interest in The Tatooist of Auschwitz. Based on a true story....lots of detail.

Jan 27, 2021

A good read, especially knowing that it was written based on real facts with some fictionalization. The first book was somewhat better, a bit more gripping but this is still worth reading.

Jan 15, 2021

A romanticized story of the horrors in the Soviet gulag.

Dec 05, 2020

This book reads like a young adult book therefore a fast read. The epilogue, author notes etc. are actually more interesting and better written than the book. There is some good information that needs to be told ie: Soviet gulags. There is much more information available about Shoah during WW2 than about the post WW2 tragedy. Other than Solzhenitsyn, I haven't read much about them much less information about who actually ended up in them and the living conditions.

Nov 10, 2020

Having read "Tattooist of Auschwitz" I was beyond excited to get a glimpse into Cilka's world... However I was somewhat disappointed with this one. It felt lacking... In something... What? I don't know. It just didn't touch me like the previous book.

Aug 23, 2020

The development of Cilka’s character who was an important part of the Tatooist off Auschwitz was interesting and at the same time tragic. Since she was never personally interviewed by the author most was fictionalized based on historical facts about the Russian camp. I didn’t find it quite as good as the original book but definitely worth the read. Most of all what is captured is the oppression and mistreatment of human beings that should never again be repeated.

jrbubbles1 Jul 30, 2020

Cilka is a true character from the camp described in the "tattooist of Auschwitz. " It tells about her life in the camp at the age of 16 and what she had to do to survive. Then it goes on to tell her story of what happened after she was released from the camp. It is horrific what the prisoners in those camps went through, and it is amazing that anyone survived.

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