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
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Just incredible to me the wisdom and faith and personal insight of such a young woman.
She was unwaivering in her desire to see the beauty and meaning of life in one of the most difficult situations ever experienced on this planet.
I bought this book for friends of mine because I liked it so much lol I read it once and fell in love with it.
Excellent. This diaries are amazing described by a woman who suffered suring the II WW.Published 1 month ago by Mario Alvarado G
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Etty is self-involved, avoiding any militancy toward her fate. Hard read because you know her end. Something to be learned from it but oh so depressing.Published 5 months ago by Laura
I bought this book for friends of mine because I liked it so much lol I read it once and fell in love with it.Published 7 months ago by genaro
This book was a bit of a disappointment but you never know till you read it. An interesting life & an OK readPublished 7 months ago by Annie
Just incredible to me the wisdom and faith and personal insight of such a young woman. She, to me, seems to be an example of extraordinary courage and a short life lived to the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by cassie
Excellent. Excellent writing. Such sensitivity and insight, so modern, in fact timeless. What an amazing voice and gift to humanity.Published 8 months ago by James Furtado