The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia
Title: The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia
Author: Esther Hautzig
The author describes her experiences during World War II when she and her family were arrested by the Russians and sent to work in the Siberian gypsum mines.
Lexile Level: 940
Guided Reading Level: NR
In June 1942, the Rudomin family is arrested by the Russians. They are “capitalists—enemies of the people.” Forced from their home and friends in Vilna, Poland, they are herded into crowded cattle cars. Their destination: the endless steppe of Siberia. For five years, Ester and her family live in exile, weeding potato fields and working in the mines, struggling for enough food and clothing to stay alive. Only the strength of family sustains them and gives them hope for the future.