Etty Hillesum


Etty Hillesum's accounts of the Holocaust bring to life the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

Like Anne Frank, Hillesum was a Dutch Jew living in Amsterdam.

Born in 1914, she died in Auschwitz in November 1943, at the age of 29.

Etty Hillesum is remembered for her diaries.

She began them nine months after Hitler invaded the Netherlands on May 10th 1940, - exactly 65 years ago.

The diaries record her daily experiences and the unfolding of her interior response.

Published four decades after her death under the title: “An interrupted life”, this book was quickly recognized as one of the great moral documents of our time.

She can be called a Mystic of the Holocaust.



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