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Cilka's Journey

The Sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Narrated by: Louise Brealey
Series: The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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The sequel to the international number one best seller The Tattooist of Auschwitz, based on a true story of love and resilience.

Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her.

Cilka was only 16 years old when she was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, noticed her long beautiful hair, and forced her separation from the other women prisoners.

Cilka did what she had to in order to survive Auschwitz. And yet after Russian soldiers liberated Auschwitz in 1945, Cilka was charged as a collaborator and sentenced to serve a 15-year sentence for 'sleeping with the enemy'. Once again, she found herself on a brutal train journey, crammed into a carriage with many desperate women and children. This time, her destination was Siberia. She was by then only 18 years old. 

So began a new life of horror and brutality in a prison camp close to the Arctic Circle. But in this unimaginable darkness, this terror beyond terror, Cilka found endless resources within herself, her profound humanity and determination helping her to survive against all odds.

Cilka's Journey is a remarkable novel of courage and resilience, based upon the heartbreaking true story of Cilka Klein. 

"She was the bravest person I ever met." (Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz) 

©2019 Heather Morris (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Stunningly moving

I couldn’t stop listening! A very well written tale shedding even more light on our history.

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  • Simon
  • 02-10-2019

The Incredible Cruelty of Being

I found it hard to see how there could be a sequel to 'The Tattooist . . .' given how that story completed but in Cilka Heather Morris has found a very worthy character from the original book to take it on further. It's an incredibly cruel tale, the sheer inhumanity of the times is starkly described. The utter cruelty of the Nazi regime, the sheer spiteful vindictiveness of their Russian conquerors who proved just as thoroughly oppressive and on top of all that even cruelty between those oppressed as they struggled to survive forms the backdrop of Cilka's story.

But, in the midst of all that blackness and despair, just as in the first book, there is the most amazing nobility among those who have nothing. Morris explains quite carefully at the start that this is more of a work of fiction than the first book although it is based on a real story. And if this book has any weakness it's found within that fiction as the lead comes across as just a little bit too perfect and selfless. That is really just a quibble though as the story has beauty, it has beasts but most of all it has heart when people rise up from their oppression and show such great character.

It's near-impossible for most of us to really understand just how desperate and crushingly awful life must have been for the Cilka's of those times but she demonstrates the best of humanity while surrounded by the worst our race has to offer. That alone makes this story genuinely uplifting!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-2019

A story of hope

After reading the tattooist of Auschwitz I was thrilled when I seen cilka journey was being realised’ I couldn’t stop listening. Before work’ before bed & in the car. She truly was an amazing woman to go through what she did & survive. After visiting Auschwitz and reading the books I still find it hard to accept that the holocaust is all fact & not fiction. Must read..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-2019

good story, research before reading

Research the true facts before reading this, Cilka stepson wasn't happy with the portrayal of cilka

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  • jack
  • 13-10-2019

loved every minute

loved every minute of this charming story. I really rooted for cilka. I was was a little disappointed with the abrupt end. Still hope to hear more about other characters in the book.

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  • Alex W
  • 10-10-2019

Great Listen - Questions Unanswered

It was great listening to this book however - Did Cilka find Josie in Moscow..? The only negatives i have with this book is that there was no closure with regard to Josie, and that the ending felt slightly rushed.

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  • Mark Derham
  • 08-10-2019

unbelievable, emotional - a must read for everyone

Its unimaginable the suffering that these people endured during this period which is not so long ago really. I struggled to listen and imagine some of the experiences and trying to feel the emotions that people lived through can only make you realise how lucky we are to be alive each and every day. A perfect example why history should not repeat itself .

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  • Ms. V. J. Herrett
  • 06-10-2019

Disappointed

So disappointed in this follow on. It just randomly starts in the middle. If her story. Then sort of focuses on her stay with one camp. With her first camp thrown in as memories every now and then. I loved follow g the journey in the first book. This was such a disappointment for me personally

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  • Mintychristine
  • 06-10-2019

A truly moving book

Initially the story shocked me that after suffering the concentration camp she was transported to Siberia for a ludicrous sentence but as the story unfolds and she immerses herself in nursing and human kindness grows slowly in her life as do her relationships with theb prisoners the doctor and the man she falls in love with I recommend this book it was amazing

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