Nothing better than a book that makes you want to learn more regarding a particular period of time purely based on the emotions it stirs inside of the reader.
I found Cilka`s story, like Gita & Lale`s, completely shattering. I think it is good to read something that slaps you about a bit, pulls you into the pages to roam your mind behind the lightening bolt insignia and the electrified fences of Auschwitz and then onto the Gulags, with their hammer and sickle winters. I am not sure what else to say, which in itself shows the book had the right effect on me. I will read more of these people and their hell, their tragedy, their triumphs and indeed their grey area decisions they took within a black and white existence in order to do what any of us would do,
A triumph of a book. Please read it.