RELEASING OCTOBER 2019
On liberation, and still only nineteen, Cilka was charged by the Russians as a collaborator. Once again, Cilka found herself on a train, this time destined for the Siberian gulags. In this new prison, Cilka faced challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But Cilka also began to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.
In the gulag Cilka daily confronted death and faced terror. Incredibly, she also found love.
Lale told me that Cilka was ‘the bravest person’ he ever met. ‘Not the bravest girl,’ he insisted, ‘the bravest person.’ It is a privilege to bring this story of incredible courage, passion and the triumph of the human spirit, to you all later this year.