A common request after Heather Morris' previous book, The Tattooist of Auschwitz was, "Tell us more about Cilka!" Thankfully, her story now lives in the hearts of grateful readers.
As a young girl, Cilka survived Auschwitz because she was pretty. She was sent left when others, were sent right. She was kept in separate housing for women deemed worthy of rape by the officers. After the war, the Russians found her guilty of "sleeping with the enemy" and sentenced her to 15 years in a Siberian work camp. She was sent to live in Hut 25... where women worked the mines during the day and were sexually assaulted at night. Incredibly, Cilka's journey is one of finding a purpose in serving others in the midst of unspeakable suffering. This is one to add to the "never to be forgotten" shelf, for future generations.