The Endless Steppe; Growing Up in Siberia Setting & Symbolism

Esther Hautzig
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Vilna

The hometown of Esther and her family, it is one of the oldest Jewish establishments in Eastern Europe. The Russian soldiers will take her, her mother, her family and grandparents from their home in Vilna to the outskirts of Siberia in exile.

The Cattle Car

When the Russian Soldiers come to take the Rudomins away, they are loaded along with a number of other Jewish families into a cattle car that travels for three weeks before letting them exit in Siberia.

The Gypsum Mine

When the exiles first exit the car, they are assigned tasks. Their initial labor will be at a gypsum mine where each family member will contribute to the work.

Esther's Grandfather's garden

To Esther, her entire world is the garden that lies in the center of their home. Her grandfather tells her that there is some good in anyone who loves flowers and...

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