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Cilka's Journey

(The Tattooist of Auschwitz #2)

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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 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 co
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Melissa Derr I would say, "stay on the journey you are on," then read the Tattooist immediately thereafter. I feel it stands fine on its own, however, the Tattoois…moreI would say, "stay on the journey you are on," then read the Tattooist immediately thereafter. I feel it stands fine on its own, however, the Tattooist is much better, IMHO.(less)

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Angela M
I loved The Tattooist of Auschwitz. After I read the book I read that there were questions 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 survivo ...more
Mary Beth
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 S.S. 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 unwant
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Deanna
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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An excellent read!!


I have had the author's previous novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz on my to be read list for quite some time. I would have liked to have read it before starting Cilka’s Journey, but as soon as I received this book, I started reading. This novel was fine as a stand-alone, although part of me wanted to know more about some of the characters mentioned by Cilka (especially Lale and Gita).

The author is cl
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is emotional, provoking, poignant, heartbreaking, touchy, amazing sequel of Tattoist of Auschwitz. Actually Cilka’s stories affected more… Because after the war, her compelling fight to 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 ...more
Elyse  Walters
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update: $2.99 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 question of how well written, researched, captivating,
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MarilynW
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cilka's Journey (The Tattooist of Auschwitz #2) by Heather Morris

I did not mean take so long to finally read this Advanced Read Copy but once I received it, I felt very uncomfortable tackling a book about the Holocaust. Finally I read a couple of books that touched on the Holocaust and felt ready to read this book. But first, I read The Tattooist of Auschwitz, as my introduction to this book. After The Tattooist of Auschwitz, I wanted to know what happened to Cilka, after the liberation of the c
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Thomas
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 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 experiences.
The 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. Th
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Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
5+ stars!

An 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 more 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
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Kylie D
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 Circle.

Cilka was obviously an extraordinary you
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Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Nov 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
I do realize that what I wrote and feel is quite an outlier position to be in. However, it is my opinion only and for numerous positive reviews, you can certainly look to many who have read and loved this story. I wish I could have been within that group.


There are some topics that you know, when reading about them, you will become emotionally involved. You will feel the horrors, the troubles, the times in the depth of your heart and soul as you are transported in a world you hoped never had bee
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Debra
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"There have to be more 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
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”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 ru
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Kylie D
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 Circle.

Cilka was obviously an extraordinary you
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Michelle
I have really conflicting feelings on this book.

I have read the Tattooist of Auschwitz and found it to be a pretty unemotional read to be honest which has never happened to me before when reading a holocaust book but as far as the book went it was ok.

I wasnt overly surprised to then read that book had already drawn stinging condemnation from the Auschwitz Memorial, which said in a detailed report earlier this year that the book “contains numerous errors and information inconsistent with the fact
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Susanne  Strong
5 Incredible, Heart-Wrenching, Tear-filled Stars.

When I started “Cilka’s Journey” I didn't think it possible for me to like it as much as its predecessor, “The Tattooist of Auschwitz.” In truth, like doesn’t begin to describe my feelings for this book. I loved the story of Lale and Gita and yet, I adored “Cilka’s Journey” - such that I loved it with every cell in my body and every emotion I can possibly muster.
If I had to give you one reason why I loved this novel more than Lale and Gita’s, I
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Sheyla ✎
I still can't fathom how some humans can endure so much pain, mentally and physically, and survive it and find happiness.

I don't think I could've survived Auschwitz-Birkenau. I couldn't have survived the Vorkuta gulag in Siberia and most definitely, I wouldn't have survived both places.

How can a sixteen-year-old survive all of those thirteen years of misery? I have no clue. Like Lale Sokolov said: "She was the bravest person I knew".

“Everyone affected by war, captivity, or oppression reacts dif
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Paige
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***The Tattooist of Auschwitz #2!!!***
Having survived being the enslaved mistress of a powerful Nazi leader at Auschwitz, the story begins with Cilka charged as a collaborator, loaded on a train with other women, and taken to the now-notorious Vorkuta Gulag in 1945. After arriving at the work camp, her and the other women in her “hut” battle for trust, hope, and forgiveness. She finds herself, yet again, in a position where survival trumps ethics. Cilka grasps for a greater purpose after leaving
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Q: History never gives up its secrets easily. (c)
Q: What could possibly happen to them, on such a soft spring day? (c)
Whoever thought of labour/death camps of all kinds - I hope they enjoy their stay in hell.

One of the better modern 2nd World War books of the modernity. It's propaganda fiction, of course. I wouldn't go as far as to compare Nazis and Soviets. Let me explain why:

It's one thing to start an international world war and start killing people off as Jewish, Romani, Slavic nationals. Y
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Holly  B
The sequel to  The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

This is the story of Cilka, which is based on the real life of Cecília Kováčová.  She was a 16 year old character from book #1 The Tattooist of Auschwitz . She was a forced sex slave of a Nazi SS commandant.

I read this one as a fictional story as I'm not sure which parts are factual. Either way, her story is gripping, compelling and utterly heartbreaking. I loved Cilka's strength and courage. Every day was a struggle with new obstacles and little h
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Dem
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Another Historical Fiction Novel that just sits on my likable 3 star shelf but not standing out from any of the other Historical Fiction books I have read this year.

A nice easy read and a book that many historical fiction readers will enjoy but wasn't anything special for me.
Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942,
When the war comes to an end and the camp is liberated, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy an
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Katie B
4.5 stars

I'm one of the few people who hasn't read the author's previous historical fiction book, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I will eventually go back and read that one because I thought the author did an incredible job with Cilka's Journey. While this book features a character from the other novel, this one can easily be read as a standalone.

Cilka was just sixteen years old when she was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. She does what she can to survive and in 1945 the camp is li
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Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Cilka's Journey is a fictionalized story that is inspired by what Heather Morris discovered about real-life Cilka who is a character in The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Cilka survived Auschwitz and then was sent to a labour camp for collaborating and sleeping with the enemy. Heather Morris captures what it could have been like for Cilka and the other prisoners in the camp.

Cilka's bravery and strength shine through here as we see her care for prisoners and her friends. It is an inspiring, hopeful sto
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Linda
"You are free."

Words that only can be dreamed about, longed for, and out of reach.

Heather Morris presents quite the story here that leaves an ache in the heart of the reader because it is based on a real individual and real situations that took place at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in 1942. To turn away is to sit on the edge of denial. To turn away never honors the memory of those who never returned.

Cilka Klein is a mere sixteen years old. She and her family have been rounded up and taken to
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Liz
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The premise of this book is designed to shock. Cilka is sent to Birkenau in 1942. At sixteen years old, she is forced to become a sex slave of the Commandant. She also is put in charge of the barracks housing the women going to the gas chambers. When the Russians liberated the camp, she is charged as a collaborator for working with and sleeping with the enemy and sentenced to a labor camp in Siberia for fifteen years.

The story alternates between Cilka’s time in Siberia and her time back in Birke
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Carole
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris is a work of fiction based on the actual life of a woman who lived during and after the Holocaust. I hesitated to request this title due to its serious subject matter but I have not regretted a single word. Sixteen-year-old Cilka Klein and her family were transported in cattle cars to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps and she remained there for three years, fighting to stay alive by any means available. When the camps were liberated, Cilka, instead of leavi ...more
Debbie
5 gold stars for an extra-strong woman, and 5 sure stars for this extra-strong book!

Wow, this is some powerful historical fiction! It’s based on the real life of an unsung hero, Cilka, who went through the Holocaust and ended up in a Siberian labor camp. The book started out way too depressing—every single sentence was doom and gloom to the nth degree. The language seemed sort of dead and monotonous, and as the sentences and dread piled up, I could barely stand it. I thought, “Why am I reading t
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
At only 16 years old, Cilka Klein was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, where she clung to life for three years. Cilka’s beauty and distinctive hair catch the eye of a senior officer, Commander Schwarzhuber. As a child, she becomes a pawn to powerful men and realizes her only chance of survival is to do as she’s told.

Upon Cilka’s release from the Nazis, she is charged with colluding with the enemy by her Russian liberators. After three years of watching her people, and even family,
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Edgarr Alien Pooh
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Here is a re-write of my review from earlier in the week. Not sure what happened but that review has been deleted. I am writing as close as I can to the original from memory.

Cilka's Journey is Heather Morris' sequel to the Tattooist of Auschwitz. This book follows the same format as the first in that it is an account of one's life during WWII and the following years, it was Lale in the first book, and here it is Cilka. We met Cilka in The Tattooist of Auschwitz as the girl who sits beside Gita w
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cilka was a character who inspired me in The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I knew she had a story to tell her of her own, and I’m so grateful Heather Morris wrote it.

Cilka is sixteen years old when she enters Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. Schwartzhuber, the Commandant of Birkenau, immediately notices her long hair. He separates her from the other female prisoners. The power she receives from her position simply means survival for her.

Once the camp is liberated, Cilka is charged as a collabora
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Maria Espadinha
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cilka, the Unbreakable


When you kill not to be killed, you’re not a killer. You do it not because you have the soul of a murder but because you’re strictly following survival instinct directions!
So why was Cilka Klein judged as a prostitute when her other option would be dying at the Nazis filthy claws?...

Lovely Cilka arrives at Auschwitz and is immediately noticed. She’s “invited” to trade her beauty for survivance, and... you know what?!... she accepts!

Who could blame her?!...

No one but Stalin
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