Three Sisters by Heather Morris is a powerful true story of survival during a time of great evil. It is a book that will horrify you as you witness the cruelty towards the Jewish people. It is a book that will inspire you as you observe the bonds of love between the three sisters. It is a book that needs to be read in memory of the six million innocents who perished.
Much of the book is set in Auschwitz and other camps, some is in the girls’ home in Slovakia and the book ends in Israel. The reader sees that “to survive one must remain invisible.”
Auschwitz was a place of unbelievable horrors. The three sisters each had the desire to survive in order to help each other and to fulfill a promise made to their father in 1929. “We Meller girls must stay strong and carry hope in our hearts.” They carried love too.
The camps tested a person’s faith. Some clung on to God. Others questioned. “We needed God in those camps, and where was He?” God walked beside them in the pits of hell but His presence could not always be felt. Our feelings are unreliable. God was there with His children.
People did what they had to in order to survive. “She has chosen to survive, so don’t ever judge her.” Heather Morris vividly describes the horrendous conditions, cruelty and torture of the innocents. Pictures have been planted in my brain through her words that are now impossible to ‘unsee.’
Stories Of Hope by Heather Morris is a powerful read about the importance of listening to others when they are talking.
Heather Morris wrote The Tattooist Of Auschwitz and also Cilka’s Journey, both of which I have read and are excellent. Within this book Heather Morris talks about her experiences of listening to Lale as he talked about Auschwitz. It was important to listen well and not ask questions that would interrupt his flow.
Many survivors of the concentration camps do not talk about their experiences, especially within their families. Their stories need to be told in tribute to both the survivors and the six million innocents who died.
Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris is a powerful and
heart breaking historical novel with its roots in reality. Lead character Cilka
was first encountered in Heather Morris’ previous novel, The Tattooist Of
Auschwitz. This book is Cilka’s story.
Cilka’s Journey is set from 1942 to the mid 1950’s.
The action is mainly set in the Vorkula Gulag with flashbacks to Auschwitz. It
is a heart wrenching novel with a heart of gold at its centre in the form of Cilka.
She gives what little she can, whenever she can. Cilka reaches out in kindness.
No one should ever judge anyone who has been in
the camps. People did what they did in order to survive. “No one can judge us…
There were only two choices: one was to survive. The other was death.” Cilka
shows a remarkable strength of character as she detaches her mind from her
body. “He can have her body… he cannot have her mind, her heart, her soul.”
Serial rape was a weapon of war, used as a form of control by the Nazis and
others in authority. There are some hard to read scenes as the weak are
overpowered by the strong.
May We Never Forget
The Tattooist Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is a true story. It is a powerful story. It is a harrowing story. And it is a story that needs to be told in memory of the six million innocent men, women and children who perished in the holocaust.
Auschwitz was hell on earth. It was physical torture. It was mental torture. A place of unspeakable horrors. It was a place where people did what they had to in order to survive. “Choosing to live is an act of defiance, a form of heroism.” Every man, woman and child in there was a hero. They must not be forgotten.
There were individual acts of bravery. People who did try to ease suffering. And people who would give their lives for the sake of another. “To save one is to save the world.”