FROM HEATHER ...
WELCOME to my website. I am delighted to share with you the information, stories, documents and events it has been my privilege to explore and write about to date.
I have been overwhelmed by the response to my debut historical fiction novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and my second novel Cilka’s Journey. From the day Lale Sokolov mentioned Cilka’s name to me and with a trembling voice told me she was the bravest person he ever met, and she saved his life, I knew I had to know more about this young girl. As readers of the book will know, she was young. Just 16 years old when taken to Auschwitz.
I had the unconditional support from my family who got to know and love Lale and hung in there with me for many years as I looked for ways to tell his and Gita’s story. To embark upon writing my second historical fiction novel, this time based on Cilka’s story required me to leave the comfort of my family and home and spend time in Slovakia where Cilka was born, before she was taken to Auschwitz – finally returning in 1956 after her release from Vorkuta Gulag.
From the experiences I was fortunate to have through the writing and touring of these books, I was honoured to bring you my first non-fiction collection of stories – Stories of Hope.
Since releasing The Tattooist of Auschwitz, I have received thousands of emails from around the world, filled with personal stories from readers about their lives, loves, losses and learning. And this inspired me to write about the art of listening. Listening to others is what enabled me to write the stories I have and I was delighted to share my stories about listening and the extraordinary lessons and life-changing experiences that shared stories can bring about.
My new novel, Three Sisters, tells the story of the brave Meller sisters – Livia, Magda and Cibi. These sisters survived Auschwitz-Birkenau against all the odds and now two of the sisters, Magda and Livia, live in Israel, surrounded by friends and family. After reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz, the family reached out to me as they knew Lale and Gita. I just had to meet them and flew to Israel as soon as I could. That was when Livia and Magda told me their incredible story. This wonderful family are now my family, and I am so honoured to bring their story to readers in Three Sisters.
INTERVIEW WITH LIVIA RAVEK
Holocaust Survivor and one of the three sisters who survived