Etty Hillesum


Born
in Middelburg, Netherlands
January 15, 1914

Died
November 30, 1943


Esther 'Etty' Hillesum was a young Jewish woman whose letters and diaries, kept between 1941 and 1943 describe life in Amsterdam during the German occupation. They were published posthumously in 1981, before being translated into English in 1983.

Etty spent her childhood years in Middelburg, Hilversum (1914–16), Tiel (1916–18), Winschoten (1918–24) and Deventer, from July 1924 on, where she entered the fifth form of the Graaf van Burenschool. The family lived at number 51 on the A. J. Duymaer van Twiststraat (at present time number 2). Later (in 1933) they moved to the Geert Grootestraat 9, but by then Etty was no longer living at home. After primary school, Etty attended the gymnasium (grammar school) in Deventer, where her father was deput
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An Interrupted Life: The Di...

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Diario 1941-1943

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Diario 1941-1943: Edizione ...

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Lettere: 1942-1943

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Etty Hillesum: Essential Wr...

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Twee brieven uit Westerbork

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Dat onverwoestbare in mij

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In duizend zoete armen: Nie...

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Het werk

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Etty: The Letters and Diari...

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“Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it toward others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.”
Etty Hillesum

“Become simple and live simply, not only within yourself but also in your everyday dealings. Don’t make ripples all around you, don’t try to be interesting, keep your distance, be honest, fight the desire to be thought fascinating by the outside world.”
Etty Hillesum

“Despite everything, life is full of beauty and meaning.”
Etty Hillesum, Lettres De Westerbork

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