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, brutal, devastating and emotionally GUT WRENCHING the history and storytelling is Heather Morris outdid herself This is a phenomenal novel of the HORRORS of warThe HORRORS of humanity This novel is darker and intense than her previous book The tattooist of Auschwitz There are moments of INSPIRATION.Moments of ruthless courage strength bravery with ordinary people doing incredible things to help others There is love and there is CilkaI ve almost hit my limitthe wall.with reading Holocaust stories I admit to being drainedI was also gifted with some happy news about the good people too.Cilka Klein was the good one She did what she needed to do.She made a profound difference to manyRisked her lifeSurvived this warThis novel brings memory important memory to an extraordinary woman Cilka Klein I ll remember you Thank you first and foremost author Heather Morris Thank you Netgalley and St Martins Publishing and their terrific staff who are some of the most hardworking generous people in the book world Wow This book is emotional, provoking, poignant, heartbreaking, touchy, amazing sequel of Tattoist of Auschwitz Actually Cilka s stories affected 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 her last remaining parts of remained hope and joyful feelings slowly each day This book shakes you to the core, feel deeply sad, devastated, helpless for all those brave women stayed in the hell and achieved to live after all their losses, suffers because they were so mentally and psychically so strong and admirable, adorable people Cilka was only 16 years old when she was taken to Auschwitz Concentration Camp She grew fast and her instincts told her there were two choices for her to let them do whatever they wanted to her body or to die She chose to survive and paid it her sacrifice being judged as prostitute who was sleeping with enemy And her knowledge of than three languages helped them convict her as a spy.Now she was facing her inner fears and tried get through her sentencing days because there was always determination and real fighter hid inside her heart to push her keep going.Some parts of this book are so dark, brutal, terrifying All those torments, hunger, terror, humiliation, abuses the women suffered and learned to live with this inhuman conditions when the real war criminals out there resumed living their lives Was it fair Never and ever would be I really exhausted sobbing, wiping my tears, fighting with the lump on my throat I haven t read something so effective, shaking, wrecking for so long And the most terrifying part is the events on this book are real So I dried my tears, stopped my hiccups and sobs, took a deep breath and started clapping all those women, praying for their souls Their bravery, endurance, survival skills, determination not to bend and break reminded me of those beautiful words of Anna Frank I don t want to have lived in vain like most people I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I ve never met I want to go on living even after my death Anna Frank achieved to be immortal, just like all these beautiful, memorable characters starting with Cilka will always stay in my mind and take a special place in my heart.Of course five bravery, heroic, admiring, astonishing, full of tears, heart wrenching, world changing stars coming to this story I wholeheartedly liked Tattoist of Auschwitz last year but I LOVED Cilka s Journey and #KINDLE ⚢ Cilka's Journey ô From The Author Of The Multi Million Copy Bestseller, The Tattooist Of Auschwitz, Comes The New Novel Based On An Incredible True Story Of Love And Resilience 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. 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 young woman, only sixteen when first sent to Auschwitz, she did what she could to survive, and found she had to pay for it through the years that followed We first met Cilka in the author s fantastic book The Tattooist Of Auschwitz, whereas Cilka s Journey is a fictional tale about her time spent in the gulags Conditions in the camp come to the fore, Cilka having to cope with rape, coercion, and the bitter cold of Siberia Yet through it all hope shines, hope that she will one day be free and be able to find love.I found Cilka s Journey to be a compelling, yet harrowing read A wonderful heroine, yet a hard subject, it leaves the reader feeling uneasy, the fact that this book is based on real life However I have no hesitation in recommending it to all lovers of historical fiction.My thanks to Allen Unwin for a copy to read and review The opinions are entirely my own. 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 young woman, only sixteen when first sent to Auschwitz, she did what she could to survive, and found she had to pay for it through the years that followed We first met Cilka in the author s fantastic book The Tattooist Of Auschwitz, whereas Cilka s Journey is a fictional tale about her time spent in the gulags Conditions in the camp come to the fore, Cilka having to cope with rape, coercion, and the bitter cold of Siberia Yet through it all hope shines, hope that she will one day be free and be able to find love.I found Cilka s Journey to be a compelling, yet harrowing read A wonderful heroine, yet a hard subject, it leaves the reader feeling uneasy, the fact that this book is based on real life However I have no hesitation in recommending it to all lovers of historical fiction.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 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 They decide that she was a collaborator because she slept with the enemy They sentence her to 15 years hard labor She is sent to another concentration camp, Vorkuta, in the far north of the USSR She is taken under the wing of the camp doctor, who recognizes her extraordinary abilities Cilka trains to be a nurse and survives 10 years in Vorkuta before being released This is an inspiring story of courage and the will to survive in the face of terrible, life threatening conditions I became invested in Cilka s story and thoroughly enjoyed this book I recommend it to fans of Lilac Girls.Thank You St Martin s Press and Heather Morris for sending me this eARC through NetGalley. NOW AVAILABLEMemories 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 giveThe rules change day to day here, she thinks And though this camp has a different purpose to get them to work for Russia, rather than killing them for being Jewish in these conditions, and with constant rape, always the threat of violence and the hole, Cilka can see that she has gone from one cruel, inhuman place to another Still a teenager when she was taken to Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where she was first used as a tool for the pleasure of men for the three years she was there And then released from the Nazis, she ends up in Siberia In the Vorkutlag or Vorkuta Gulag labor camp located in Siberia, where she s been charged with collusion for doing what she had been forced to do by the men in Auschwitz Birkenau Men and women worked hard to avoid the punishment meted out to ones who dared pause in their labor, working to the point of collapsing, occasionally dropping dead from the work, or lack of foodWhat you are doing, Cilka, is the only form of resistance you have staying alive Cilka s story is a somewhat fictionalized account of Cilka, a real woman who befriended Lale Sokolov, also a real person, in the author s The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I am in awe of Cilka, her story, her persistence and inner strength that helped her survive what seems at every twist and turn to be unendurable and yet survive she must Pub Date 01 Oct 2019 Many thanks for the ARC provided by St Martin s Press 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 behind her dark past and quickly finds herself in a position to work within the confines of the Gulag hospital She struggles to justify some of the hospital policies but also questions her own intentions Having discerned hope as only a barren illusion, Cilka takes the reader on a haunting and remarkable journeyAgain, as she has experienced over and over in her young life, she finds herself with two choices, one, the narrow path opening up in front of her, the other, deathCilka s account specifically centers around the treatment of women in a Soviet Gulag The brutality, rape, and undernourishment are intense but are an essential part of the gulag experience for the women who were imprisoned there Vorkuta Gulag resonated in maltreatment and violence, and the details are richly accounted for in this novel.Although this is the second novel for The Tattooist of Auschwitz, it easily works as a standalone This account is only about Cilka and what happens to Cilka after being labelled as a Nazi collaborator having left Auschwitz The author provides the background about what happened to Cilka very early on Throughout the novel, flashbacks spanning from 1939 1945 give additional information about Cilka that was not included in the first novel, and each flashback is beautifully coated in irony The location and date are noted above the flashbacks and each flashback is indicated by a page break and written in italics A must read because not enough is written about the Gulags I could not put this one down The notes from Heather Morris at the end are a must But do not read them before because they contain spoilers HIGHLY recommend to fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and historical fiction This one is much darker than The Tattooist, but equally critical and a story that needs to be heard.Many thanks to St Martin s Press, Heather Morris, and NetGalley for this advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.For about the Gulags Disturbing Gulag PhotosGulag History My reviews can also be seen at 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 unwanted attention of the guards She then becomes a nurse and has a little bit of freedom She begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.I loved loved loved this book This is a historical novel and there are some graphic scenes that are dark This book was a lot darker than The Tattooist of Auschwitz This book can be read as a standalone It is an emotional read The S.S Officers are monsters, they kill and hurt human beings This is a terrible story but it also is a story of hope and courage Cilka is so brave I really did love this story This story is an emotional read, but I also found it uplifting at times.The Holocaust was horrific and couldn t believe all the awful things that happened in the concentration camp and the Siberian prison camp was just as bad Heather Morris really did an amazing job on the characters my favorite character was Cilia but I also loved Josie too All the characters were very well done and made this novel come alive I felt so sad for Cilka, and everything she went throughThere are some scenes that are graphic but this is the Holocaust, a horrifying time.I could not put this book down It was a page turner I loved the writing style I am really loving historical novels and because I think they are needed because we need to remember what happened so that history isn t forgotten This is an unforgettable story that will stay with me for a long time I want to thank Jordan, St Martin s Press and Heather Morris for the ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.