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«Credo che per noi non si tratti più della vita, ma dell’atteggiamento da tenere nei confronti della nostra fine».
Le lettere, scritte in gran parte nel campo di Westerbork, che ci permettono di udire la voce di Etty Hillesum fino all’ultimo – fino alla cartolina gettata dal treno che la portava ad Auschwitz.
Paperback, Gli Adelphi, 149 pages
Published 2001 by Adelphi (first published January 1st 1981)
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dehorsmaisdedans
È parita: ci sentiamo derubati, ma non restiamo a mani vuote. E ci rivedremo presto.

(J. W. 7.9.43)
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Don't read this until you've read her diary, now in a book form, entitled "An Interrupted Life." Of course, you do not have to buy these separately. Buy the one like mine, with both of them in one volume. But if you're catching up with your Reading challenge backlog, it'd be wise to review them separately like what I've done.


Westerbork was a transit point put up by the Nazis before the Jews' eventual transport (by trains) to concentration camps in Poland. They "process" the Jews there, confiscat
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Analogmess
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Si dovrebbero tenere strette le redini, ogni tanto, e non solo della propria ansia, in modo che non si impemi e non dia inizio, come un cavallo imbizzarrito, a una corsa distruttiva attraverso tutto il nostro essere; ma bisogna contenere anche la tristezza, non facendola crescere ogni istante, come un fiume in piena che inondi i campi coltivati con tanta fatica. Bisogna cercare di mettere un freno al proprio egocentrismo, di non lasciare libero sfogo a ogni stato d’animo. Non è necessario elimin ...more
Maria Carmo
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Rereading this book is always like opening the door to new discoveries. This is such a rich historical document, such a vivid painting of all that these people endured during the war, even those that were still relatively free until the middle of 1943...
Etty is ETTY! Herself, brilliant and creative, independent and profound, deeply mystical yet practical when it comes to protect her family or friends... She endures voluntarily the discipline and inhumanity of the transition camp of Westerbork, u
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Stephen McQuiggan
"The sky is full of birds, the purple lupins stand up so regally and peacefully, two little old women have set down on the box for a chat, the sun is shining on my face - and right before our eyes, mass murder. The whole thing is simply beyond comprehension."

Profoundly moving, deeply unsettling. On one hand it is a series of begging letters for food, hankies, whatever - whilst on the other it is a clear account of senseless inhumanity, and of 'co-operation' with fate. It is a story of beauty and
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Antonella
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sembra quasi che mandi un grido di liberazione quando esclama, accompagnandosi con un largo gesto del braccio: "Sono pronta a fare il grande viaggio, forse ritroverò mio marito". Una donna di fronte a lei s'intromette amaramente: "Anch'io devo partire, ma pronta non sono".
Enrico Lomuscio
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: katapekkia2
Ho incontrato un'amica attraverso la lettura delle sue lettere. Etty mi ha colpito il cuore con la sua gioia di vivere e la bellezza del suo animo. Grazie, Etty per la tua testimonianza importante e di vero Amore.
Maurizio Manco
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Questo pezzetto di storia dell’umanità è talmente triste e vergognoso che non si sa come parlarne. Ci si vergogna di essere stati presenti senza averlo potuto impedire." (p. 47)

"È più facile pregare per qualcuno da lontano che vederlo soffrire da vicino." (p. 105)
Simona
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leggendo questo diario epistolare ho avuto la sensazione di entrare in uno spazio intimo, privato al quale non avevo accesso.
In questo diario epistolare Etty non si risparmia e ci racconta tutto ciò che ha dovuto affrontare nel breve periodo che va dal campo di Westerbock a quello di Auschwitz.
"Lettere" comprende, come recita il titolo, tutte le lettere che vanno dall'agosto 1942 al settembre 1943 che Etty scrive ai suoi amici dal campo di smistamento di Westerbock prima di essere deportata ad
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Charlotte
Angesichts der vielen guten Rezensionen wagt man es kaum, keine zu schreiben. Aber ich habe diese Selbstbespiegelung nicht ausgehalten... allerdings habe ich deshalb auch die Lektüre nach der Hälfte aufgesteckt...
Mari Menta
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dopo aver letto il Diario, ero curiosa di continuare la conoscenza di questa grande donna. Spunti interessanti anche qui, ma il Diario è qualcosa di superiore, qualcosa che rimane dentro e difficilmente si cancellerà....
Luisa Miniati
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredible struggle for friendship and relashionship with people despite atrocity she saw and experienced in the camp.
Friederike
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring.
Powerful.
I found God in her writing.
Carlo Mayer
Finiti
Michel Van Goethem
Etty Hillesum - Het denkende hart van de barak - niet te vergeten, lessen over de menselijke natuur...
Ellen
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alltimefaves
St. Etty as far as I'm concerned. I have an entirely new understanding of heroism.
Lenny
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
no idea why they only have the french version.
prachtig boek. heel mooi geschreven.
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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
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“Despite everything, life is full of beauty and meaning.” 43 likes
“I really see no other solution than to turn inwards and to root out all the rottenness there. I no longer believe that we can change anything in the world until we first change ourselves. And that seems to me the only lesson to be learned.” 15 likes
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