"The Endless Steppe" by Esther Hautzig

by Talitha
(Sydney, Australia)

The Endless Steppe

The Endless Steppe

The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia



The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig is an autobiographical story of a Russian girl, Esther, and her family, who were taken away from their home in Vilna and taken to Siberia. Why they are taken away from their home is a question I leave with you.

Esther Rudomin is a girl who is a capitalist. Her family are all capitalists because they ran their own business. They lived in a large house in Vilna, which is in Poland. Esther’s parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins lived in this large house. She went to Sophia Markovna Gurewitz School where she learned Yiddish, literature and the culture of her people. She got to do dancing, piano lessons and so much more, but above all, she loved her garden best. Never did Esther know how privileged she was living in this house, until she was forced out of her home. When she was made to travel in cattle cars to Siberia and live there for five years, she realized how difficult it was in poorer places and in poorer homes.

This book is an interesting book about Esther Rudomin and her family. I recommend this book to young and old. I like it because it is true and written from the perspective of the author as a young girl and by the end of the book, her family begin to know how hard it is to live in Siberia and how privileged they were in Vilna.

Will they ever live like they used to live before?

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