{Book Review} Cilka’s Journey

The end of WWII and the liberation of the concentration camps didn’t bring an end to the atrocities. Based on a true story, Cilka’s Journey details the continued suffering and series of impossible choices of Cilka Klein, rescued from a Nazi concentration camp, at a Soviet labor camp. 

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

WWII ends and Cilka Klein is still alive. She survived the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she was prisoner. Freedom is in sight.

The Soviet army liberates the camp, but before Cilka can leave, she must go before the Soviets for judgement. Freedom will have to wait – the Soviets sentence Cilka to 15 years at a labor camp in Siberia for “aiding” the Nazis. Once again, Cilka is stuffed into a cattle car with dozens of other people and forced to live in unbearable conditions. Moreover, Cilka again finds herself making difficult choices in order to survive. 

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