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This gem sat on my book table for weeks before I finally cracked it open It recounts a slice of history previously unknown to me the Soviets, after they had devoured eastern Poland in the devil s pact with Hitler in 1939, decided to deport Jews to Siberia as slave labor Young Esther tells the story, which is both survival and coming of age tale Exile to the brutal wilderness of the steppe becomes salvation from an evenunthinkable fate had they been left behind at one point, Esther describes her mother s anguish that on the day they were taken from their home her brother shows up, the soldiers ask if he s one of them wishing to spare him from her own fate, his mother denies he s part of the family later, as news of the holocaust emerges, carries it as her life s largest regret.What I loved about this story was that despite her terrible ordeal, the physical hardship unimaginable to me no winter coat or boots, knitting with frozen hands on a sweater made of worn out material, for a rich woman who has outgrown it by the time it s finished , Esther remains a young girl trying to find her place among her friends at school To do so, she must move away from her culture toward the generic Soviet Siberian one.Reads like what I d imagine to find if Dostoyevsky had written a YA novel. I expectedof Endless Steppe than I got from it, found it simplistic and unreflective, when the story itself demands . @Ebook Ä The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia ï It Is JuneThe Rudomin Family Has Been 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 SiberiaFor Five Years, Esther 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 LOVED it This was better than Diary of Anne Frank, in my not so humble opinion I had never even heard of this book until my sister handed it to me and told me to read it It sat on my shelf for months and I kept ignoring it it just seemed like it would be depressing, and I wasn t in the mood BUT This book was wonderful Moving, beautiful, funny, believable, heartbreakingall rolled up into one I read some of the other reviews of the book and was surprised to see that some said that it took them a while to get into the book, or that it was slow going It almost made me wonder if I was reading a different book than them I was hooked from the beginning I could see everything in my mind, and imagine it all happening My eyes moistened with tears as I read about her losing some money entrusted in her by her mother, and smiled for joy when she completed a knitting job and was given food to eat in return I didn t find it depressing because Esther is an eternal optimist, and that outlook was reflected in her writing.Two giant thumbs up I m only sorry I somehow bypassed this book as a child. Somehow I ended up with a copy of The Endless Steppe as a child and I must have read it several times because it got stuck in my subconscious For years I would think about it, and images would coming flooding back to me, about the day the soldiers appeared to take the family to Siberia, and the cold, desolation of the frozen tundra Most of all, I would think about the grandmother who pushed back her cuticles every night in the labor camp, to keep her hands beautiful A few months ago, I spotted a well worn copy of the book at my local library book sale and snatched it up Re reading it was like catching up with a beloved old friend I wish every young reader would be exposed to this book Please spread the word, especially young girls who love to read This is a little known classic, one of my all time favorites. One beautiful June morning in 1941, Esther Rudomin, 10, finds her happy, care free life in Vilna, Poland changed forever Early in the morning, her family father, mother, grandmother and Esther, are arrested by the Soviet Army They are charged with being capitalists and sent on a six week long train ride in cattle car ride Siberia Arriving at a gypsum mine in Siberia, they are assigned their jobs father to drive a horse and cart, mother to work at dynamiting the mine, Esther and her grandmother to work in the fields The work is back breaking, the food almost non existent mostly watery soup and the summer heat unbearable in a place as endlessly flat as the Siberian Steppes.Luckily, by the beginning of fall, the Soviet Union, the exiled Polish government and Britain were allies against the Nazis and amnesty was granted to the Polish deportees No longer prisoners, they were allowed to leave the mine and live in the small nearby village But life in the village isn t easy either The family moves into the hut of people without muchthan they have, and must share a small space with not room to move around it But it is better than the mine and Esther is able to attend the village school After a series of moves from hut to hut, the Rudomins are eventually able to get their own hut.But life is still a struggle of obtaining food, having a means of heating the hut during the long, bitter cold winter and the gradual wearing out of the clothing they had brought with them and not money to buyAnd since so many people are bound together by the cold, the desolateness of the steppe and the struggle to survive, they are often helped by others, just as they help others when they can When Esther s father is forced to serve at the Russian front, the Rudomin women are devastated, but by now quite capable, they managed to find ways of surviving And most importantly, they continue to have each other to lean on This is a wonderful, very appealing autobiography of Esther s life from age 10 to 15 Hautzig has captured her childhood voice beautifully as she recalls her life the reader meets a very indulged child and watches her become an accomplished, clever survivor Yet, Hautzig has also shown herself not always in the best light there is the bratty Esther, the whinny Esther and the willful Esther giving a sense that she was indeed a real person, not an unrealistic paragon of courage.My only problem with The Endless Steppe is that there is no explanation about why the Rudomin s were arrested by the Soviets for being capitalists, but not the rest of the family, and why they weren t rounded up by the Nazis because they were Jews Short History Lesson The answer is simple but maybe not well known In 1939, the Nazis and Soviets signed a 10 year non aggression pact called the Molotov Ribbentrop Pact The pact has a clause that divided Poland the western part to Germany and the eastern part to the Soviets In the summer of 1940, the Soviets began to secure eastern Poland But, Hitler being Hitler, he decided to pull a fast one on the Soviets and disregard to pact and invade Russia The Rudomins were arrested in that short space of time when eastern Poland was under Soviet control, for being capitalists because they owned a jewelry business This book is recommended for readers age 12 and upThis book was purchased for my personal library Read this book if you want to be blown away by beautiful, powerful writing Esther was ten years old when her family was exiled to Siberia because of an accusation of being capitalists in Stalin s Soviet Union Told through a childs perspective, The Endless Steppe gives an unique view on how life was like for Russians during the WW2 Era. This is such a vivid, captivating story and it s beautifully written Engrossing.In spite of, or maybe because of the its subject matter, certain moments and details have a lot of charm and insight It s in the voice of a ten year old Polish girl but it s a memoir so its real perspective must be with the benefit of hindsight and survivalchokengtitiktitikchokeng2 What I ate for breakfast on school mornings was one buttered roll a soft roll, not a hard roll and one cup of cocoa any attempt to alter this menu I regarded as a plot to poison mechokengtitiktitikchokeng 59 The laughter that followed was cracked from disuse, Siberian laughter But it was laughter Much that we would think funny in the days to come would scarcely have caused the shadow of a smile at home in Vilna but we needed to laugh as much as we needed breadchokengtitiktitikchokeng 100 On the way, I was distracted by a pattern in the snow it looked something like hopscotch and I hopped through it the hopscotch waychokengtitiktitikchokeng 135 The lecture that followed seemed to me and perhaps to Father too untimely, like correcting the grammar of someone who is trying to tell you the house is on firechokengtitiktitikchokeng147 With every sound I heard in the darkness, I felt the brutal arm of the law thrashing at my fragile back Stealing in SiberiaIf Siberia was the place thieves were exiled to, was there an even worse place for Siberian thieves p 148 Moreover, stealing was not really to the taste of one who still clings to pridechokengtitiktitikchokeng 164 But, I thought, if you were supposed to be generous, who are you supposed to be generous to Only to those who don t need it It was very confusingchokengtitiktitikchokeng 185 If I had any sense I would have given up then, but I come from a long line of stubborn idiotschokengtitiktitikchokeng 219 On the verge of tears, I wanted to say, But haven t you found out, lady, that when everything is strange, nothing in particular is How is it you haven t found that out, here in Siberia Read right after A Mountain of Crumbs. 4 starsAn excellent introduction to children about World War II It is written from the perspective of a Jewish 10 year old from Vilna Vilnius, as it is called today, is now the capital of Lithuania In 1941 it was part of Poland The book is an autobiographical account of the author s childhood in Siberia I was impressed by the amount of history incorporated into this slim book deportation of the Jews to Siberia, three years spent in a small village on the Russian steppes, the events of the war in Russia and finally Polish repatriation It is all written tastefully for the ears of young readers It is exciting It is about getting friends, winning a school contest and a Siberian snowstorm If focuses upon those themes that are of interest to young children familial bonds and how they change as we grow older and becomeindependent, school and getting friends, clothes and hairstyles and how to fit in , learning a foreign language, discovering literature and intellectual awareness, becoming one of a group, seeking acceptance and quite simply growing upand that first boyfriend too The book states what happens in the war but its main perspective is a child s life during that war The events are related honestly you don t always get the boyfriend you heart is set on or win the contest, do you The book radiates optimism and human resilience, but never is the truth shied from Two examples after the war, when the Jews returned, again in cattle cars, they are denounced Even after the war, the Jews are not welcome The second example is a woman in the Siberian camp who never had to work it remained a mystery as to how she got food An adult may guess why, but that is not discussed Nothing is misrepresented, but neither are the details sordidly portrayed The facts are stated and the story continues The language used by the author is simple, but actually beautiful in all its simplicity Try this sentence Grandmother and I had this in common, we were very people either very sad or very gay, with nothing in between page 71 The story is exciting and there is humor I think it is wrong to state that this book is for adults It isn t its prime audience is children of about ten years of age It is written for them and it is written beautifully It is not overloaded with historical facts and dates or gruesome details Why shouldn t a book be written just for this age group It is lovely and educational at the same time. Esther is an 11 year old Jewish girl sent to Siberia in a cattle train with some of her family as they are accused of being capitalists We enjoyed the descriptions of life in Siberia, the harsh, inhumane existence but also the beauty found in the wilderness, the hope, the acts of kindness and just how much small things can mean when you have nothing It was told from Esther s point of view, it told of her need to fit in and how anything seemedbearable with love and friends Particularly moving as based on a true story One of our favourite books we have read in the last year Lots of interesting historical detail We enjoyed looking for images of pimy boots, sapogy and fufaika.