Jun 08, 11
Read from May 28 to June 02, 2011
A young girl's memories of her family's forced move from Russian-acquired Poland to Siberia during WWII, this is an eye-opening view of a period in world history that saw the destruction of so many Eastern European Jews.
The author voices an accounting of a pre-teen's view of life during this period leading the reader to understand and empathize with Esther, her family, and their having been torn away from and apart from their beloved life and close family in Vilna.
During this time of continued ethnic, world-wide diaspora, Hautzig enriched and expanded my understanding of the time and the horrors of ethnic cleansing with her novel that should be read by young and old alike.