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Esther Hautzig

The Endless Steppe

Nonfiction | Autobiography / Memoir | YA | Published in 1968

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The Endless Steppe

  • Genre: Nonfiction; young adult memoir
  • Originally Published: 1956
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 880L; grades 8-12
  • Structure/Length: 22 chapters; approx. 256 pages; approx. 7 hours, 48 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: This memoir describes the experiences of the author from June 1941 to the end of WWII in Europe. When Esther Rudomin is 10 years old, Russian soldiers arrest her and her family in Vilna, Poland, and transport them in cattle cars to a remote village in Siberia. Esther and her family are accused of being enemies of the state. For five years, Esther and her family struggle to survive in the terrible conditions of exile.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Wartime violence; the Holocaust; antisemitism

Esther Rudomin Hautzig, Author

  • Bio: 1930-2009; born in Vilna, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania); exiled with her family when Soviet soldiers took charge of eastern Poland at the beginning of WWII; returned to Poland after the war; traveled to New York on a student visa in 1947; married Austrian-born American Walter Hautzig in 1950; took a secretarial job in publishing in 1951; publicity assistant for the Children's Book Council; director of children's lit promotion for the Thomas Y. Crowell Company; wrote children's and young adult works, several including nonfiction on home economics topics
  • Other Works: Let's Cook Without Cooking (1955); Let's Make Presents: 100 Gifts for Less Than $1.