On November 30, , a twenty-nine-year-old Dutch Jewish woman named Etty Hillesum died in Auschwitz. Hillesum had known that she would not survive. Esther “Etty” Hillesum (15 January – 30 November ) was the Dutch author of . An interrupted Life: The Diaries of Etty Hillesum ; Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life the Diaries, – and Letters from Westerbork; Etty. An Interrupted Life has ratings and reviews. Michela said: Una giovane donna Etty Hillesum con il proprio diario ci ha donato un affresco inter.

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It is like having a conversation. Etty’s pilgrimage grew out of the intimate experience of an intellectual young woman – it was idiosyncratic, individual, and recognisably modern It’s a shame Etty Hillesum is not as well known as Anne Frank.

That was the real import of this morning: It’s beautiful, fascinating, both in a historical sense, and as a story of personal growth.

Etty desired to be the “thinking heart” of Westerbork and she was determined to bear witness.

In the end, the departure came without warning On 5 Julyher personal status was suddenly revoked and she became a camp internee along with her father, mother and brother Mischa. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding Into the Whirlwind A complete edition of her letters and diaries was published in Dutch in and translated into English in That is also my attitude to life and I believe that neither war nor any other senseless human atrocity will ever be able to change it.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. She is highly spiritual in a completely personal way. As well as forming a record of oppression her diaries describe her spiritual development and deepening faith in God.

The Persephone Book of Short Stories Farewell Leicester Square But the blame must be put on the system that uses such people. The Making of a Marchioness She had such a tender, sweet soul.


Our Catalogue Read our ‘flipping’ catalogue online: Dinners for Beginners Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Etty Hillesum cultivated habits of introspection and prayer that seem a lot like meditation and her acceptance of suffering while rejecting hatred echoes the Dalai Hillesumm.

For most of the book, I kept waiting for it to start. Good friends from Amsterdam, as well as members of her own family had joined her in Westerbork, and slowly the camp emptied, as more and more people were transported out to Poland.

Tagged as Arnold J. Read our ‘flipping’ catalogue online: To read her words 75 years after she was murdered is a reminder of an appalling genocide that must never be allowed to happen again, as well as an insight into the mind of a fascinating, complicated woman who I would love to have known as a friend.

She neither denies the horror of the Nazi terror, nor identifies with her victimhood. The New House This young woman who was cultured, had lifw Law and Psychology, could speak, besides her native Dutch, at least German and Russian fluently and possibly other languages as well, who played music and was a writer, dug deeply into the recesses of her soul in order to find beauty and harmony in a ettu of relentless pain and difficulty.

These were letters she wrote from Westerbork–the transit point before her eventual transport and death at Auschwitz. Good Food on the Aga She did not strive for ecstasy, but longed to meet the depth of her own interior and life itself.

An Interrupted Life: The Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum

The Interrputed Wall Notify me of new comments via email. At that time she was living with her brother Jaap at Keizersgracht lifw. Letters to my Children from Germany On 7 Septemberthe family were deported from Westerbork to Auschwitz. Mar ett, Lorraine rated it it was amazing Shelves: But after reading a recent bio of her life before Ted Hughes, I found myself admiring her for her genius and hard work, and pitying her for not having the emotional and spiritual tools to live with her passionate nature.


I have to say, start with the diaries. You get to witness not a memoir, a looking back, but a situation where the writing and thinking make up the situation itself. The Diaries of Etty Hillesum, Want to Read saving….

An Interrupted Life: The Diaries, 1941-1943; and Letters from Westerbork

The Crowded Street Reading her diaries is like having a conversation with a close friend. I may have found her hard hhillesum work with at the start, yet strangely after finishing the book I felt that this is what makes the book so different and so powerful. May 12, at 1: You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Little Boy Lost Non conoscevo Etty Hillesum ma ljfe il catalogo della casa editrice inglese Persephone, ho scoperto che il suo diario e anche una raccolta di lettere sono tradotti in italiano.

Out of all the holocaust books I’ve read and I’ve read a lot Probabilmente le mie aspettative erano superiori. When round-ups of Jews intensified in July she took on administrative duties for the Jewish Councillifee transferring to a department of “Social Welfare for People in Transit” at Westerbork transit camp.

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