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Etty Hillesum, the girl that learned to kneel

 
 
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Like Anne Frank, Etty Hillesum was a Dutch Jew living in Amsterdam.  She died in Auschwitz in 1943, at the age of 29. She began a diary nine months after Hitler invaded the Netherlands and continued her diary for two years, describing the deportations and increasing terror of life under the Nazis.

An Interrupted Life includes the diary Etty kept in Amsterdam as well the letters she wrote during the year she spent in Westerbork, a detention camp in the north of Holland where Jews were held before transport to the death camps of Poland. She went voluntarily to Westerbork in July of 1942, at about the same time a young girl named Anne Frank began writing her diary in the attic of a house a few miles away from Hillesum's home in Amsterdam.

Her letters (the second part of the book) reveal a great deal of detail about the day-to-day life at the transit camp of Westerbork (the last stop before Auschwitz). Individual people come into view clearly and the horrors and atrocities facing the Jews emerge. One of the most striking aspects of Etty’s diary is her compassion. She refuses to join her fellow Dutch in despising the Germans. She tries to rise above hate in the midst of horror and evil and reveals a tremendous inner strength. An Interrupted Life is an incomparable record of the meaning of life that embraces horror and beauty, love and sexual awakening.

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Like Anne Frank, Etty Hillesum was a Dutch Jew living in Amsterdam.  She died in Auschwitz in 1943, at the age of 29. She began a diary nine months after Hitler invaded the Netherlands and continued her diary for two years, describing the deportations and increasing terror of life under the Nazis.

An Interrupted Life includes the diary Etty kept in Amsterdam as well the letters she wrote during the year she spent in Westerbork, a detention camp in the north of Holland where Jews were held before transport to the death camps of Poland. She went voluntarily to Westerbork in July of 1942, at about the same time a young girl named Anne Frank began writing her diary in the attic of a house a few miles away from Hillesum's home in Amsterdam.

Her letters (the second part of the book) reveal a great deal of detail about the day-to-day life at the transit camp of Westerbork (the last stop before Auschwitz). Individual people come into view clearly and the horrors and atrocities facing the Jews emerge. One of the most striking aspects of Etty’s diary is her compassion. She refuses to join her fellow Dutch in despising the Germans. She tries to rise above hate in the midst of horror and evil and reveals a tremendous inner strength. An Interrupted Life is an incomparable record of the meaning of life that embraces horror and beauty, love and sexual awakening. More new window

 
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Hillesum was in her mid-20s at the time of the Holocaust; her diaries consist mainly of musings about the confusion, perplexities, and struggles all around her and mature into a clear philosophy of love of God and all humanity. Her most intimate thou...
 
 

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