With a big consumer marketing push from Bonnier and by tapping into fans of the first book, Cilka’s Journey achieved huge sales. The true story followed Cilka Klein, the girl who saved Lale Sokolov, to a prison camp in Siberia.
The author’s previous novel, The Tattooist Of Auschwitz, cleverly fused an appalling true story with a fictional structure. Cilka’s Journey does the same.
At Auschwitz, the beautiful Cilka was noticed by the Commandant and given special status. After liberation, she is charged as a collaborator and sent by the Russians to a Siberian prison camp...
The novel is based on the testimony of Lale Sokolov, the Auschwitz tattooist, who called Cilka ‘the bravest person I ever met’.