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  • Cilka's Journey

  • The Sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (910 ratings)

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Cilka's Journey

By: Heather Morris
Narrated by: Louise Brealey
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Publisher's Summary

Nominated in Best Fiction at the Audie Awards 2020.

The sequel to the International Number One Bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz, based on a true story of love and resilience.

Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her.

Cilka was only sixteen-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 fifteen-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 eighteen-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 heart-breaking true story of Cilka Klein. Don't miss the conclusion to The Tattooist of Auschwitz Trilogy, Three Sisters. Available to pre-order now.

'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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A sad tale

This is a book for women mainly. Just like the “Tattooist” which is fabulous, it encompasses attachments to that book. Well written and spoken, it’s a window into the human filth of the past. Craig Berry 2019

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Educational and emotional listening

This was a fantastic book. I learnt so much about our worlds history and was in awe of the story being told. I couldn't stop listening.

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Brutal but brilliant

I hope I never catch myself complaining about anything again… My only thing about this audio reading is I found it hard to imagine it was the retelling of a real story read aloud in a well spoken and kind English accent but I guess that also made it easier to hear the whole story without distress

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Excellent read

A wonderful story taking inspiration from true events. A beautiful ending and excellent summaries containing facts

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very Interesting story

a good story with interesting insight into post war russia and gulags. seemed a little drawn out then ended quicky

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brilliant

loved this so much after listening to her other novel
sadness prevails over the treatment of people during war especially involving Cilka and her family and friend
RIP Cilka you are free

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Great!

Best book I have listened to in a long time! I Couldn’t put it down!

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Could not stop listening to it.

I absolutely loved this story. Such a beautiful telling of trauma and heartbreak. The narration was perfect and enjoyable to listen to. thank you for telling Cilka's story.

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A Powerful document, not to be missed.

I am still under the influence of this incredible book, that shines the light on the darkest moments in humanity, and on the strength one can find to survive and help others.
Beautifully written, the story swept me from beginning to end. The narration couldn’t be better. An important book for all generations to read. Fantastic.

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