Wow... this book is so incredibly powerful. Cilka's Journey follows 18 year old Cilka, who is liberated from Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet soldiers. During her 3 years at the concentration camp, Cilka did what was necessary to survive. Unfortunately after liberation, she is sentenced to a work camp in Siberia for her "crimes".
Cilka's Journey is based off a true story, and the character of Cilka is a strong female who has had to endure such horrific situations, but still manages to use her strengths to survive. Shes heartfelt and despite the traumatic events shes gone through, is able to still love and care for her friends around her. The fact that she was a real person just makes the book that much better. Definitely a must read!