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Cilka's Journey
Cilka's Journey: The sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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 the Siberian prison camp of Vorkuta, 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 Alexsandr, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love. 'She was the bravest person I ever met' Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz
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Martta
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After the Tattooist of Auschwitz this was an obvious next step. Cilka's story was heart-breaking to listen to. What an amazing book!

Living close to the artic circle I never before this book have realized that the white nights might be an issue for some people. Interesting point of view. 🤔

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Martta
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My Bookbeat offer is closing soon and I wanted to listen this before it ends. The tattooist of Auschwitz left me wordless and I just had to listen this as well. Cilka's life story left me wondering after the first book I just had to find out what happened to her after Auschwitz.

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BookishTrish
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Woke up stressed so trying to find small beautiful things #audiocommute

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BookishTrish
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Four bald eagles by their nest #audiowalk

Lcsmcat So cool! 3w
Bookzombie Awesome! 3w
DrexEdit 💜 3w
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TheBookHippie
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So excited to read this 📖❤️
Avoiding laundry is fun!

Andrew65 I‘m looking forward to this one too, waiting for my hold to come in. 3w
Eggbeater Avoiding laundry to read is the best! 3w
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 daughters that work in bookstores and bring you left over ARCs are the best ❤️📖 3w
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Andrew65 @TheBookHippie That‘s great 😍 3w
FantasyChick I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on this one. I enjoyed the story (as much as I could given the content) but I know a lot of people didnt care for it 3w
TheBookHippie @FantasyChick I‘ve heard the same that the tattooist was way better and this isn‘t the story people wanted they wanted a same time line but in Cilkas words. 🤷🏽‍♀️ I will let you know. 3w
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DGRachel
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I feel like a monster but I have to put this book aside. I thought, after loving The Huntress earlier this year, I would be okay with WWII historical fiction, but I‘m not. 30 minutes in and I‘m a sobbing mess. The brutality and torment that Cilka faces makes me ragey and sobby. It‘s too much. It‘s beautifully written so far, but I can‘t handle the subject matter. Originally got through NetGalley but bought the audio when I missed the pub date.

DGRachel @Cinfhen No, I didn‘t and after what I‘ve read of Cilka‘s Journey I know I can‘t. I actually had to turn it off after 10 minutes this morning. I can‘t cry and drive. I‘m so angry that after surviving the horrid concentration camps, she ends up in a Russian Gulag, sentenced to 15 years hard labor. The injustice and the suffering is more than I can bear to read right now. 4w
Cinfhen I read an interview with Cilka‘s stepson. The family was disappointed by the way she‘s portrayed in this book though I haven‘t read it yet. I agree, even when the survivors were freed they still endured terrible hardships, injustices and atrocities. Tattooist really tore me up 😭😭😭I‘m going on. Jewish Heritage/ Roots trip in February. I‘ll be visiting the sites with a survivor, her daughter and granddaughter. I‘m taking my daughter with me 4w
Cinfhen I need to mentally prepare myself. 4w
DGRachel @Cinfhen Wow. That's definitely going to be an emotional trip. Amazing, but emotional. I'm sorry to hear that Cilka's family was disappointed in the book. That's got to be an author's worst fear, at least if the author has a conscience. The beginning of Cilka's Journey was so hard, that I know Tattooist will be more than I can handle. Maybe some day, but not now. 4w
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MeganTurner
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I loved the tattooist of Auschwitz and I knew I‘d love this one just as much. It‘s such a horrendous tale but full of such strength and courage. I honestly don‘t have words to describe it. Put it on your TBR, you won‘t regret it

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Cilka's Journey was a fantastic yet heartwrenching follow-up to the Tattooist. I actually liked it more, possibly because I could relate more to a female. I realize that this story isn't a completely factual account due to Cilka having died before this story was written & Lale being over 80. However, I don't feel that this detracts from the book at all. Morris is gifted writer, filling in the spaces with researched information as well as fiction.

Buechersuechtling Oh, how cool is that‼️ I just thanked @baes for her review on the “Tattoist” because it changed my attitude towards this book and now _you_throw the follow-up into my feed. Littens, you‘re wonderful has anybody already told you that❓😃 2mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @Buechersuechtling haha glad to help, Litsy really is a great community, i love it! 2mo
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Recommended! Frequently I had to pause while reading because I was in awe by what this woman experienced. Cilka‘s Journey reveals a part of history I never knew about regarding people who were considered enemies of the state for various reasons during WW2. A true testimony of survival, for oneself and others. A privilege to learn about parts of Cilka‘s life as a novel pulled from research by Heather Morris. #cilkasjourney #tattooistofAuschwitz

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AmyLarge
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I think, because of the lack of information about Cilka, and how the author has used accounts of multiple women to weave together a narrative, the story does, at times, slip into repetitive action. I lost count of the number of times Cilka was employed and then not! But a heartfelt story with, at its core, a testimony of the endurance of the human spirit in the face of unbearable suffering. Interesting to read something about the Gulags as well.

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peaknit
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As long as I keep one hand on Leo I‘m allowed to read.😂❤️🐶

xxjenadanxx Totally a good compromise. And an excellent read! 2mo
JenReadsAlot How are enjoying this? I'm going to give my copy to Ganser when I'm done! 2mo
peaknit @JenReadsAlot it‘s a quick one and I think I like it better than The Tattooist of Auschwitz actually. I started today and I‘m half done. 2mo
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peaknit @JenReadsAlot make that the first book I‘ve read in a day in awhile. 😊 2mo
JenReadsAlot I finished it last night as well 👍 2mo
peaknit @jenreadsalot it was a fast one! Enjoyable, horrible but interesting. 2mo
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Reecaspieces
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Check out my September reads! Lots of good ones this month! https://reecaspieces.com/2019/10/03/september-wrap-up-reviews-wrapup-5starreads/

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Reecaspieces
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ljuliel Neat picture ! 2mo
Reecaspieces @ljuliel thank you! 2mo
Nute Nice photo! Cool suitcases!🧳 2mo
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Reecaspieces @Nute found them cheap at an antique store. Could not pass them up!! 2mo
Clare_Riley @Reecaspieces thanks for the review - it‘s decided me to buy it as a part of my mums birthday present 😊 2mo
Reecaspieces @Clare_Riley she will enjoy this one! 2mo
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From a concentration camp to a prison camp...from one horror to the next.

Even though she had no choice but to do what she was told, Cilka was charged by the Russian government with collaborating with the Nazis and given a sentence of 15 years of hard labor in a prison in Vorkuta Gulag in Siberia. 5/5

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/y4nnp4wm

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Princess-Kingofkings
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Now this would be cool!

TheBookHippie I‘m thinking about going to the Chicago one! 4mo
Princess-Kingofkings @TheBookHippie sounds like the perfect reason for a field trip 📖🚗 4mo
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xxjenadanxx
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I found this book to be unputdownable & read it in one sitting. You often read about life inside the concentration camps but rarely about the time after. I had no idea that many survivors were imprisoned again after being rescued, esp. not for trivial (i.e nonexsistant) offenses. Imagine how devastating it must have been to survive Auschwitz only to be sent to a Siberian Gulag. A story of strength, tenacity & the will to survive.

A Netgalley ARC

tpixie I just finished the tattooist, learned that Cilkas imprisoned again ( how horrific) and saw this book. Looks like a must read!! 4mo
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