Cilka Klein - colluding with the enemy

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 3:30 pm on 2 December 2019
Cilka's Journey

Cilka's Journey Photo: Book Cover

When New Zealander Heather Morris met with Lale Sokolov, the man who would become known as the Tattooist of Auschwitz thanks to her popular novel, he often recounted the story of one woman out of the thousands he tattooed in the camp.

Her name was Cilka Klein. She was just 16 when she too was sent to Auschwitz. She caught the eye of a Nazi officer and survived the camp, only to be sent to a Siberian prison camp when the war ended, charged with collaborating with the enemy.

Heather Morris is back home in New Zealand to talk about her new book, Cilka's Journey.