a sincere...moving attempt to speak the unspeakable * The Sunday Times on The Tattooist of Auschwitz * What an extraordinary and important book this is. We need as many memories of the Holocaust as we can retain, and this is a moving and ultimately uplifting story of love, loyalties and friendship amidst the horrors of war. I'm so glad Lale and Gita were eventually able to live long and happy lives together, and thankful that Heather Morris was moved to record their incredible story. It's a triumph * Jill Mansell on The Tattooist of Auschwitz * Extraordinary - moving, confronting and uplifting . . . a story about the extremes of human behaviour: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I recommend it unreservedly * Graeme Simsion on The Tattooist of Auschwitz * a touching and redemptive tale of love and selflessness * Times Literary Supplement on The Tattooist of Auschwitz * A moment of pure humanity amid unthinkable atrocity * The Independent on The Tattooist of Auschwitz * Although the subject matter is dark, this is an inspiring and ultimately uplifting story of strength and survival * Good Housekeeping * This deeply moving follow-up will touch the stoniest of hearts * Sunday Post * A heartbreaking tale of strength in the face of unimaginable challenges * Woman's Weekly * A tale of hardship, survival- and, most importantly, never forgetting * INewspaper * Cilka's extraordinary courage in the face of evil and her determination to survive against the odds will stay with you long after you've finished reading this heartrending book * Sunday Express * It will move you to tears, but it will also leave you astonished and uplifted by one woman's fierce determination to survive, against all odds. * The Week * her courage and determination to survive makes for a heartrending read * Daily Mirror * Must read * Daily Express * Her truly incredible story is one to be read by everyone * The Sun * It is well-written, and well-researched. It is captivating, devastating and even darker than The Tattooist. It will make you despair at the cruelty of humanity, but leave you in awe of the strength of the human spirit... it will leave you emotionally drained- but Cilka's story is a powerful one * Express and Star *. 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. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote Lale's story as a screenplay - which ranked high in international competitions - before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Her second novel, Cilka's Journey, is a follow up to The Tattooist of Auschwitz.. Based on the heart-breaking true story of Cilka Klein, Cilka's Journey is a million copy international bestseller and the sequel to the No.1 bestselling phenomenon, The Tattooist of Auschwitz 'She was the bravest person I ever met' Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz In 1942 Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. 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 by the Russians and sent to a desolate, brutal prison camp in Siberia known as Vorkuta, inside the Arctic Circle. Innocent, imprisoned once again, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, each day a battle for survival. Cilka befriends a woman doctor, and learns to nurse the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under unimaginable conditions. And when she tends to a man called Alexandr, Cilka finds that despite everything, there is room in her heart for love. Cilka's Journey is a powerful testament to the triumph of the human will. It will move you to tears, but it will also leave you astonished and uplifted by one woman's fierce determination to survive, against all odds. Don't miss Heather Morris's next book, Stories of Hope. Coming September 2020. - - - - - - - - 'Her truly incredible story is one to be read by everyone.' Sun 'Cilka's extraordinary courage in the face of evil and her determination to survive against the odds will stay with you long after you've finished reading this heartrending book.' Sunday Express 'Her courage and determination to survive makes for a heartrending read.' Daily Mirror
A must read Pre ordered, dropped onto my kindle and read in 24 hours. This book is a hard but fascinating read. Having visited Auchwitz last month, you can put into perspective the hard life prisoners lived. Doing whatever they could to stay alive. So sad. A must read for all.
Journey to Freedom I was so looking forward to reading of Cilka's Journey to find out her story of how she came to be in Auschwitz.To say her journey was a traumatic one is an understatement,no one can really know what these people went through unless you walk in their shoes.Cilka has so many friends in the camp in russia and they support each other but there is always one bad egg and cilka is the victim of this womans hate.Cilka starts work in the camp hospital and becomes close to Dr Yelina who allows cilka to train as a nurse,the patients are treated with love and care by cilka and this is noticed when twice cilka and the dr save the life of the camp commandants daughter.I have really loved cilka's Journey which i think is worth more than 5* well done to Heather Morris.
I felt like I was part of Cilka’s Journey I read this book in a day. I loved The Tattooist of Auschwitz, also reading it in a day. I could not wait to get my hands on this book and hoped it lived up to my expectations and it certainly did. I could not put this book down. Like The Tattooist of Auschwitz, I felt like I was walking beside Cilka, sharing all of her experiences with her, and constantly willing her on. Heather Morris knows how to suck you in to the story! As a woman, I felt the initial chapters were tough to read but it is important to recognise the horrors of what these women were made to experience. What a story of hope, grit and determination and another book for the ages. Heather Morris makes you feel that there is hope in the most hopeless of situations. A beautiful story, beautifully written that I would recommend to anyone. Like The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Cilka’s Journey is a book that I will keep forever.
Humbling right to the core Cilka.whst a girl what a woman Survival was all she had.it was her strength to live and live a life in hell that made her strong.along with millions of others in the same situation.i cant begin to imagine the hell on earth that these brave people lived for many yrs.but we must never forget either.the next generations must be shown what horrors the past generations were capable of .can it happen again ?yes and its up to us to prevent it. No human has the right to inflict the horrors of these war crimes on onother human no matter there race.colour religion.my heart goes out to the millions who suffered at the cruelty of men and women who thought they ruled the world.never again can it be allowed to happen.
Fantastic I loved every word written what a strong girl/woman to survive everything thrown at her and still be able to find love
Incredible Really enjoyed reading the first book and was eagerly awaiting this follow up. Amazing book many late nights reading this to always find what next.Would highly recommend this book and feel sure will read it again in the future.
The perfect sequel The perfect sequel to the Tattooist of Auschwitz Compelling reading and very moving
Fascinating and harrowing tale of survival and hope I read this, the sequel to the Tattooist of Auschwist, having been gripped by the first story and captivated by the characters. Cilka's journey continues in similar vein, a powerfully written story that manages to capture truths about this awful place and present them in the form of a 'page turner' novel. The author's admiration for the characters shines through and she presents their stories as a real friend. It's hard to believe that people were treated in such an inhumane manner - and even more remarkable that some survived and created meaningful and satisfying lives afterwards. Highly recommended reading.
A must read least we forget Such a sad story she suffered so much unjustly by evil people
Such a Sad and yet inspirational story In August 2019 I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau prior to this trip I read many survivor`s stories - each book was one of horror and courage, desperation and inspiration- the worst of human nature and the best of human nature. The book that really resonated as I walked around that place of horror and murder was Heather Morris`s Tattoist of Auschwitz and like many readers of that book I was eager to read Cilkas Journey. The book did not disappoint and it introduced me to horrors that I was only vaguely aware of - Soviet Gulags - I applaud all the authors who help to keep these terrible atrocities in the minds of future generations - we must never forget what happened. Thank you Heather Morris!
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