The Endless Steppe is an autobiographical book written by Esther Hautzig, describing her family's exile to Siberia. Her family were Jews living in Poland, but in 1939, Poland was invaded by the Soviet Union. In 1941, when Esther was ten-years-old, her family were exiled to Siberia, branded as "capitalists", as part of the Soviet Union's mass deportations of approximately 1.2 million Poles in the years 1940–1941. The book, told in the first person by Esther, chronicles the story of the family's five years spent in the one of the most remote and isolated regions of the world.
Excellent autobiography of a young Jewish girl during World War II. Will particularly appeal to teenage girls, and those interested in learning more about World War II.
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- Reading Age: 12+
- Reading Aloud Age: 11+
Clean, but deals with family separation, the impact of World War II and the suffering of the exiles in Siberia. However, a narrative theme of hope comes through strongly throughout.