YA--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 thoughts are played out at length, but perseverance results in a rewarding view of humanity. The young woman's letters (the second part of the book) reveal a great deal more detail about the day-to-day life at the transit camp of Westerbork (the last stop before Auschwitz). Here, individual people come into view more clearly, and the horrors and atrocities facing the Jews at that time emerge. That Hillesum could rise above hate and generalization in the midst of such horror and evil reveals a tremendous inner strength. Her courage, determination, and faith reveal her amazing spirit. An inspirational reading experience.
Bunni Union, Geauga West Library, Chesterland, OH
Copyright 1997 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What an amazing woman! Her perspective on life and God in the midst of a horrendous life situation is truly inspiring. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. S. Brooks
Surprising insights, much beautiful writing. An unusually fresh, optimistic view of the holocaust experience by a bright young Jewish woman. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Deborah Greitzer
Way too much focus on infidelity for me. I was reading this as a spiritual book, and certainly it has that, but the infidelity part just stuck in my throat.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Insightful, real time discernment, potentially life changing. Love itPublished 7 months ago by Javier Aceves
Excellent. This diaries are amazing described by a woman who suffered suring the II WW.Published 9 months ago by Mario Alvarado G
Etty surprises the reader by her strength to overcome and continual concern for others. not only for her parents and brother but her feelings of worry and compassion for a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by mary margaretkujawa