In June 1942, the Rudomin family is arrested by the Russians. They are "capitalists -- enemies of the people." Forced from their home and friends in Vilna, Poland, they are herded into crowded cattle cars. Their destination: the endless steppe of Siberia.
For five years, Esther and her family live in exile, weeding potato fields and working in the mines, struggling for enough food and clothing to stay alive. Only the strength of family sustains them and gives them hope for the future.
This handout offers 30 questions that can be answered in a response journal. Also included is an Asia map to pinpoint Esther's locations. Questions probe student responses to digest and internalization information offered in the novel.
JEWISH HERITAGE NOVELS AND ACTIVITIES
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