Cilka's Journey The sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz
In The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Cilka was the beautiful young girl who had received the unwanted attention of the SS Commandant at Birkenau. Forced to become his concubine, Cilka's beauty placed her in even greater danger and trauma, but may ultimately have saved her life.
Author Heather Morris learned about Cilka after growing close to Lale Sokolv - the Slovakian Jew who served as a tattooist at Auschwitz-Birkenau - and was intrigued by his story of a young girl who saved his life and was 'the bravest person' he ever met. While the horror ended for many prisoners after Auschwitz was liberated in 1945, unbelievably Cilka was arrested for sleeping with the enemy and sent to a Siberian prison camp where she would endure brutal conditions for another ten years. Confronted by death and sickness, Cilka began to nurse her fellow prisoners under the guidance of a female doctor, and despite all the pain and suffering she had endured since arriving at Auschwitz at sixteen years old, she did the unimaginable and fell in love.
Beautifully written with care and compassion, Heather has pieced together Cilka's Journey from testimonials from those who knew her both in Auschwitz and in the Siberian prison camp where she was interned. Whether you were captivated by the story of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, or you're new to Cilka's story, this sequel story is an unmissable book that will move and haunt you, but ultimately leave you feeling uplifted by the strength of the human spirit.
Cilka's Journey is a challenging piece of historical fiction based on real people and set during the events of The Holocaust, World War Two, and the aftermath of the Second World War.
'I hope that you enjoy it, not for the horror and the evil that once again I have to bring to you, but for the humanity and the compassion, and the love, and the hope. It's the hope, once again, that Cilka will bring to you the reader. She was an amazing girl. She had an amazing journey. I'm so proud to tell her story' - Heather Morris, Dymocks Books YouTube
About the Author
- Contributor: Heather Morris
- Imprint: Zaffre
- ISBN13: 9781785769047
- Number of Pages: 448
- Packaged Dimensions: 162x240x39mm
- Packaged Weight: 645
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Zaffre
- Release Date: 2019-10-01
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Born in New Zealand, Heather Morris is an international number one bestselling author, who is passionate about stories of survival, resilience and hope. In 2003, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who 'might just have a story worth telling'. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Lale's story formed the basis for The Tattooist of Auschwitz and the follow-up novel, Cilka's Journey. In 2021 she published the phenomenal conclusion to the Tattooist trilogy, Three Sisters, after being asked to tell the story of three Holocaust survivors who knew Lale from their time in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Together, her novels have sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. In 2020 she published Stories of Hope, her account of her journey to writing the story of Lale Sokolov's life.