Cilka's journey A novel

Heather Morris

eAudio - 2019

This program includes a bonus conversation with the author. From the author of the multi-million copy bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz comes a new novel based on an incredible true story of love and resilience. Her beauty saved her - and condemned her. Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other women prisoners, Cilka learns quickly that po...wer, even unwillingly taken, equals survival. When the war is over and the camp is liberated, freedom is not granted to Cilka: She is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to a Siberian prison camp. But did she really have a choice? And where do the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was send to Auschwitz when she was still a child? In Siberia, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she meets a kind female doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing and begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions. Confronting death and terror daily, Cilka discovers a strength she never knew she had. And when she begins to tentatively form bonds and relationships in this harsh, new reality, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love. From child to woman, from woman to healer, Cilka's journey illuminates the resilience of the human spirit-and the will we have to survive.

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Series
Morris, Heather. Tattooist of Auschwitz. bk. 2
Subjects
Genres
Historical fiction
Biographical fiction
Online Access
Instantly available on hoopla.
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Published
[United States] : Macmillan Audio 2019.
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Physical Description
1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 02 min.)) : digital
Format
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
ISBN
9781250265999
1250265991
Access
AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY BY IOWA CITY AND RESIDENTS OF THE CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS OF JOHNSON COUNTY, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, HILLS, AND LONE TREE (IA).
Main Author
Heather Morris (author)
Corporate Author
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Other Authors
Louise Brealey (narrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

While there are many novels about the Holocaust and life in concentration camps, there are fewer that follow survivors. Morris does just that in this fictionalized biography that chronicles the life of a young Czech, Cilka Klein, whose release from Auschwitz/Birkenau by the Russians led to a charge of collaborating with the Germans and a sentence of 15 years in a Siberian gulag. Flashbacks illuminate parallels between the two prisons, as Cilka, a brave, resourceful, and selfless young woman, does what she must to survive. In her clearly enunciated English accent, Brealey convincingly portrays Cilka and a large cast of secondary characters, friends and foes. Although the book lacks the emotional immediacy of Morris' earlier novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz, to which this novel is linked, Brealey captures character and tone in this earnest and harrowing but ultimately hopeful novel of surviving—and even finding love—under brutal and inhuman conditions. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.From the author of the multi-million copy bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz comes a new novel based on an incredible true story of love and resilience. Her beauty saved her — and condemned her.Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other women prisoners, Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly taken, equals survival.When the war is over and the camp is liberated, freedom is not granted to Cilka: She is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to a Siberian prison camp. But did she really have a choice? And where do the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was send to Auschwitz when she was still a child? In Siberia, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she meets a kind female doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing and begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.Confronting death and terror daily, Cilka discovers a strength she never knew she had. And when she begins to tentatively form bonds and relationships in this harsh, new reality, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.From child to woman, from woman to healer, Cilka's journey illuminates the resilience of the human spirit—and the will we have to survive.