According to Heather Morris, whenever she talks about The Tattooist, and in almost all of the thousands of letters and emails she receives from readers, ‘people want to know what happened to Cilka’. The answer is heart-breaking. Selected on her arrival at Auschwitz by the commandant of Birkenau because of her beautiful long hair the sixteen-year-old was forced to become his sex slave. On liberation, and still only nineteen, she was charged by the Russians as a collaborator.
It is a privilege to bring this story of incredible courage, passion and the triumph of the human spirit, to life, in Cilka’s Journey.”
Once again, Cilka found herself on a prison train, this time destined for the Siberian gulags. Once again, she was made to strip and wait, naked, in the snow. And once again, a guard looks at her too long… But what Cilka cannot imagine in the midst of such darkness are the endless resources she will find within herself – or how finding love will keep her alive.
Heather Morris said: “I too wanted to find out more about this extraordinary young woman. So I have decided to honour Cilka by using her life as the inspiration for this novel, a sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz. It is a privilege to bring this story of incredible courage, passion and the triumph of the human spirit, to life, in Cilka’s Journey.”
Kate Parkin said: ‘With The Tattooist of Auschwitz riding the top of the bestsellers charts for over a year, and the unprecedented reader response it has generated, we are incredibly proud to announce publication of its sequel. Based on a true story, Cilka’s Journey will once again showcase Heather Morris’s powerful storytelling in an inspirational tale of hope and survival against the odds.’
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