Her harrowing tale of surviving Auschwitz to be sentenced for 15 years in Gulag for war crimes makes my heart hurt. What was her role at Auschwitz? Was she set free from Gulag? Does she find love? What happened to the person that Lale once told Heather Morris is the “bravest“ person he knew? Heather Morris gives us these answers in a beautifully written story that shows the human spirit although broken can light a way for others to follow
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Author 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐬 introduced readers to Cilka in 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐓𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐮𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐳 & follows up that bestseller with 𝐂𝐢𝐥𝐤𝐚'𝐬 𝐉𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲, also based on harrowing real events. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Sequel/companion to The Tattooist of Auschwitz, this is well written and well researched. Details about Gulag prisoners‘ lives were obscure when I was a child, and it took the death of Stalin for them to be released. Cilka, who was at Auschwitz several years, was sentenced to 15 years in Gulag. 😥
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ This was a simply stunning, heart breaking story, and hopeful story. Based on a true story, the life of Cilka emphasized the power of strength and perseverance in the most dire of circumstances. The writing was compelling and offered a very personal glimpse at the horrors of war and the long lasting ramifications of choices people made in order to survive. I‘m looking forward to reading more by this author.
A sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz, this is the story of Cilka. After surviving Auschwitz-Birkenau where she was forced at 16 to be a prostitute for Nazi officers, Cilka is sent to a Siberian Prison for being a Nazi sympathizer. Sentenced to 15 years, she proves again to be a survivor. A strength & compassion for others allows her to work in the hospital instead of doing hard labor. In an inhumane place, Cilka finds love.
Cilka's Journey tells a fictional account of Cilka's life and the horrors that women faced at the hands of Soviet soldiers and fellow prisoners after #WW2 ended. A great read if you want to see how women coped from years of living at #concentrationcamps. It really made me uncomfortable with just minor details of violence
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3053403936 #gulags #womeninhistory #psychological
Morning everyone 🙂 Woke up in a reading mood today, lol. Taking a bit of a break from #NFNov to read this one, it's good so far. For some people, especially women, the defeat of the Nazi's didn't end their torment, it only threw them into even more suppression and violence #historicalfiction #CeciliaKlein #Gulags #womeninhistory
My views on this book and the tattooist of Auschwitz will forever remain complicated. What I am sure about though is that I am done with this author.
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An emotional and gut-wrenching historical read from Heather Morris exploring the world of the Gulag in post-WWII Russia. Overall, I very much enjoyed the story and thought it was well done. Lots of detail and good characters. However, the ending just didn't feel complete to me and I was left wanting a little. Regardless, this is still a very good read and a solid follow up novel.
Book publishing folks: “Let‘s make sure we NEVER show women‘s faces on covers - thanks!”
Cilka leaves Auschwitz and is immediately transported to a Serbian prison to serve a 15-year sentence for sleeping with the enemy after being raped by the commanding officers of the Auschwitz camp. From there, she is forced to see countless more deaths and face obstacles that seem impossible for one person to bear. She survives, hopes, and perseveres. And the readers bear witness to a small light in one of the darkest times in human history.
Although the author didn‘t go into detail the sufferings of the prisoners and the brutality of the gulag, and that there was more telling than showing in her writing, Cilka‘s Journey was still an eye-opening read, and made me teary a few times. I won‘t say more as I don‘t want to give anything away.
Full review on my blog: hookedonbookz.com
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Loved this one - harrowing but also hopeful. Full review on my blog now if you feel like reading!
I received this e-book through Netgalley. My review is my own honest opinion.
So right before publication date I managed to finished this one today. I have mixed feelings. I like how much Morris researches her books & I understand that some of it is fictional to make a good story. But somehow the ending just left me hanging. I also hope that this wasn‘t the final draft because some of the grammatical errors & missing words really threw me off. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 ⬇️
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I do not think I have the words to truly express what an extraordinary book this is. I enjoyed THE TATOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ so, of course, wanted to know Cilka‘s story. However, this book can easily be read without first reading THE TATOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ. I was totally enthralled and found it extremely difficult to put the book down. This is a story I will not forget.
I thought this book was very powerful and strong and eye opening. I know I have read so many books centered around the Holocaust that either end there or have a very tragic note resulting from the treachery of this time. This is a bit different. It‘s about the journey of someone who believes they are rescued but instead they are judged harshly on the life they were forced to live with during this time.
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