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.”