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Elena Kozhina's memoir of sacrifices and starvation is a moving tribute to her own mother, who persevered and endured the blockade of Leningrad during the war, and then a horrendous evacuation to the rural steppes of Russia

Elena Kozhina's memoir of sacrifices and starvation is a moving tribute to her own mother, who persevered and endured the blockade of Leningrad during the war, and then a horrendous evacuation to the rural steppes of Russia. Kozhina lost her grandmother, a brother and a sister to starvation But her determined mother nursed Elena back from the brink and kept them both not only alive, but brought them the gift of books and art which enriched their bare-bones existence living in a strange and initially hostile village.

Through the Burning Steppe book. Through the eyes of a young girl comes this wartime memoir-an unforgettable, timeless story of courage, dignity, and a mother's love. When the Germans laid siege to Leningrad in 1942, Elena Kozhina, then a child of nine, fled with her mother to a Cossack village in the heart of the Russian Steppe, where they hid in dangerous proximity to nearby occupying troops. Her accoun Through the eyes of a young girl comes this wartime memoir-an unforgettable, timeless story of courage, dignity, and a mother's love. Her Through the eyes of a young girl comes this wartime memoir-an unforgettable, timeless story of courage, dignity, and a mother's love.

by Elena Fedorovna Kozhina. Published 2000 by Riverhead Books in New York People. Elena Fedorovna Kozhina. Published 2000 by Riverhead Books in New York.

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Through the Burning Steppe : A Memoir of Wartime Russia, 1942-1943. By (author) Elena Kozhina.

Through the Burning Steppe: A Memoir of Wartime Russia, 1942-1943. A gem - on many levels. com User, March 19, 2000

Through the Burning Steppe: A Memoir of Wartime Russia, 1942-1943. com User, March 19, 2000. Elena Kozhina's Through the Burning Steppe: A Wartime Memoir is so much more than a highly compelling narrative of the horrors and heroism experienced by a young Russian girl and her mother during World War II. It is also a revealing glimpse into the realities of life in the Soviet Union, not just during the war, but from its earliest years to its final decade.

Items related to Through the Burning Steppe: A Wartime Memoir. Elena Kozhina Through the Burning Steppe: A Wartime Memoir. ISBN 13: 9781573221535. Through the Burning Steppe: A Wartime Memoir. Through the Burning Steppe was translated by her son, Vadim Mahmoudov. The family lives in New York City.

8 Yelena Kozhina, Through the Burning Steppe: A Wartime Memoir, p. 145; Vera Inber, Leningrad Diary, p. 178 (12 January 1944). 9 Lev Kopelev, No Jail for Thought, pp. 6, 93, 99, 101–4, 134. 10 Vasili Churkin, letter of 2 June 1944.

The author recounts her experiences after she and her family, residents of Leningrad, were sent to the steppes, where she and her mother were left to survive on their own amidst Cossacks and invading Germans.

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Goldfury
Elena Kozhina's Through the Burning Steppe: A Wartime Memoir is so much more than a highly compelling narrative of the horrors and heroism experienced by a young Russian girl and her mother during World War II. It is also a revealing glimpse into the realities of life in the Soviet Union, not just during the war, but from its earliest years to its final decade. It is a chronicle of a young person's growing literary, artistic and cultural awareness. And it is, ultimately, a timeless story - not simply of good and evil, or of simple joys amid enormous tragedy, but also of human frailties and strengths, of ruthlessness and compassion, of islands of clarity in a sea of complexity. This gem of a book packs volumes of interest - and of insight - into its fewer than 200 beautifully written pages. I recommend it highly.
one life
Elena Kozhina's memoir of sacrifices and starvation is a moving tribute to her own mother, who persevered and endured the blockade of Leningrad during the war, and then a horrendous evacuation to the rural steppes of Russia. Kozhina lost her grandmother, a brother and a sister to starvation But her determined mother nursed Elena back from the brink and kept them both not only alive, but brought them the gift of books and art which enriched their bare-bones existence living in a strange and initially hostile village. Always hungry, always exhausted, Kozhina remembers losing herself at the age of 8 through 10 in the works of Lermontov, Chekov, Gogol, Jack London, Twain and James Fenimore Cooper. But the book she remembers most is N.N. Gnedich's GLOBAL HISTORY OF THE ARTS, with its "dense text ... interspersed with illustrations, sometimes glued-in colored inserts, sometimes small drawings." This introduction to art, along with a study of Greek and Roman mythology became a source of wonder and a kind of salvation for the girl. Indeed it no doubt explains how and why she went on to become a noted scholar of such matters.

But this is also a book about deprivation, hunger, and fear of the enemy - the Germans. I found it ironic that I found myself remembering another refugee memoir, Wolfgang W.E. Samuel's German Boy: A Child in War, in which the narrator and his mother were fleeing the advancing Russians across Germany at the end of the same war. Atrocities, barbarity and cruelty came from both sides.

If you enjoy reading personal histories from the Second World War, this slim little volume is well worth your time.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER
Jarortr
I have read many histories and memoirs of World War Two. This is in another category altogether. It cuts to the core of the will to survive, what happens inside children in disastrous circumstances, how adults can help children emotionally in the midst of suffering and death, and what makes a human being different from an ideological machine dressed in flesh and blood. It is sensitive, poignant and compelling. It does not dwell on the horrors of war, nor does it avoid them. It has many clues for helping children overcome the icy grip of fear, stress and uncertainty. And, it is true. Not necessarily true in a sense of right versus wrong, rather, it is true to the delicacy and difficulty of truth in places where no right or wrong answer exists or be easily discerned. For sheer reading pleasure, it is a marvelous book. For those who care about humanity and relieving its suffering, it is a strong example of why we should care about our neighbor, our attitude toward the poor, and the value of the person.
Brol
Elena Kozhina has written a memoir about a child's view of life in the Soviet Union during WWII that is so good it may fairly be compared to the Diary of Anne Frank. The main difference being Ms Kozhina survived to adulthood, so her childhood recollections are supplemented by cogent reflections about Soviet policies that inform the reader about what life was really like there. One can only wish for a sequel, to learn about Ms Kozhina's journey to America and her life in it.
Through the Burning Steppe: A Wartime Memoir download epub
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Author: Elena Kozhina
ISBN: 1573221538
Category: History
Subcategory: Military
Language: English
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (March 6, 2000)
Pages: 208 pages