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Esther Hautzig was born in Eastern Poland (in what is now Vilnius, Lithuania) in October, 1930. When the region was conquered by Soviet troops in 1941, Esther, her parents and her grandparents were uprooted and exiled to Siberia where they spent the next five years in forced labour camps. The family returned home after the war and in 1947 Esther left to go to the USA as a student. Her acclaimed novel The Endless Steppe was inspired by her gruelling wartime experiences. She was married to a concert pianist and had two children. Esther died in 2009.
Esther Rudomin was ten years old when, in 1941, she and her family were arrested by the Russians for being 'capitalists' and transported to Siberia. The next five years spent were spent in exile where they went barefoot and hungry until the end of the Second World War. Despite the hardships endured, Esther's story radiates optimism and is a beautiful example of the resilience of the human spirit.
This is a collection of 20 haunting true stories, each revealing the struggle for Jewish identity and the solace gained through faith. As a child, Esther Hautzig and her family were exiled to Siberia for being capitalists, thus inadvertently escaping the Nazis. After World War II, Hautzig began collecting the true stories of those who lived and died during the horror of the Holocaust: of Jews in Vilna, in the United States, and in Israel.