The Tattooist of Auschwitz Virtual Author event with author Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the life of Lale Sokolov and his experience in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp located in Birkenau, Poland. Lale entered Birkenau as a prisoner in 1942 and he worked as the camp’s tattooist, staying there until two days before the Russian Red Army descended upon Auschwitz-Birkenau in January of 1945 and the troops liberated the remaining prisoners.

Cilka’s Journey 

Based on what is known of Cilka’s time in Auschwitz, and on the experience of women in Siberian prison camps, Cilka’s Journey is a powerful story. Told through flashbacks to Cilka’s time in Auschwitz-Birkenau, alongside her current trials in Vorkuta, we are witness to the atrocities that happened both during the war and afterwards. This is such an important story to tell. It’s easy – and quite often nice– to believe that after the war ended, everything was fine and went back to normal. But Cilka’s Journey tells us this was not the case. Many people still underwent trials for their survival. Heather Morris has done Cilka justice in this amazing and heart-breaking story of survival.


Both The Tattooist of Auschwitzand Cilka’s Journeycontain themes of survival, morality, faith, love, optimism, unity, sacrifice, empathy, knowledge, uncertainty and power.

Both novels also have intellectual merit. The ideas and issues explored in the texts, in addition to being appropriate to the relevant age-group, is significant and appropriate to sustain intensive study, raising interesting issues and providing challenging ideas.

The language of the texts and the ideas explored in the suitable for a wide range of students, including second language students.

Heather’s session is suitable for students in years 9 and 10 studying the Holocaust, History and Religion as well as senior students studying the Craft of writing 

To book a session or enquire please email or call on 0459783200