Cilka’s Journey

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris is a historical fiction story based off of a real person from Morris’ true story The Tattooist of Auschwitz (which was amazing!).  This is very close to being a non-fiction book but due to not having been able to meet Cilka in person, because she dies before Morris learned of her, and having to create some characters around her, this book has several fictional elements in it.  However, it is a very good book!  Cilka was in Auschwitz with Lale and Gita in the first book, but when the camps were liberated she was arrested for having supported the enemy and was sentenced to 15 years hard labor in a Russian Vorkuta Gulag in Siberia.  Cilka is once again fighting for survival and living in a place with terrible treatment of prisoners.  How she survives both Auschwitz and Siberia is remarkable and Heather Morris does a good job telling us about it!

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