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Number of Pages: 320

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Historical

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Author: Heather Morris

Age Range: Adult

Featured book lists: New York Times Bestsellers

Book theme: World War II

Language: English

TCIN: 76493499
UPC: 9781250265708
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-3375


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.

"She was the bravest person I ever met." --Lale Sokolov on Cilka Klein, The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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.

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readatnight00 - 6 months ago
I decided to rate this book a 5/5 because Cilka's Journey is different from other holocaust novels I've read. Cilka has spent years submitting to violence against her body and mind, is now tired and resigned to her fate. The story tells about the horrors women faced at concentration camps, but the emphasis is on the psychological trauma they developed. We see women with survivor's guilt, Stockholm syndrome, addiction, how they come to normalize and domesticize their situation (similarly to men who went to war), etc. At moments I forget I'm reading about prisoners at a camp and I tell myself things aren't so bad, then I have to pause because this is the mentality these women had to force themselves into in order to survive. It's an incredibly uncomfortable book but very telling of the conditions.
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Kwhitneyf - 7 months ago, Verified purchaser
I read the first book so I was eager to continue with this person and was not disappointed. The book is based on a real person however there have been changes so it is not totally accurate but still a fascinating read! Cilka was so young and brave-I couldn't put the book down!
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