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Etty: The Letters and Diaries of Etty Hillesum 1941-1943 Hardcover – October, 2002
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NO WONDER HER BOOKS ARE CULTBOOKS.
I RECEIVED THIS ONE AS ESPECIALLY BELOVED AS IT WAS DONATED TO BUILD A NEW LIBRARY.
WHICH MADE MY COPY EVEN MORE PRECIOUS TO ME.
JUST THE SIGHT OF THIS BOOK IN MY SHELF AND MY HEART IS WIDE OPEN.
WRITTEN 70 YEARS AGO AND STILL SO FRESH AND MOVING.
"Commissioned by the Etty Hillesum Foundation, Etty is the only complete, unabridged edition of the letters and diaries of a singular hero--and victim--of the Nazi Holocaust. This fascinating, profound, and often moving body of work reveals the interior life of a brilliant. Born in January 1914, Etty Hillesum began her diary in 1941, nine months after Hitler invaded her home country of the Netherlands. The record she kept for the next two years contains arresting personal reflections and chronicles her social, intellectual, and--most significantly--spiritual growth. In addition to her ongoing search for God and truth, one of the most noted and instructive features of Ettys development was her recognition of, and her struggle to overcome, the disorder within her own being. It was her success in finally transcending her own sense of captivity within that allowed her to rise above cruel and fearsome circumstances without."
I read this book in Dutch, which is my native language. In the Netherlands many people are familiar with Anne Frank, and have read her diaries, but Etty Hillesum is not so well known.
The way Etty writes Dutch feels amazingly fresh and modern. Her observations are often interesting and can be inspiring. She is Jewish but her Jewish identity is not prominent: it is her (universal) humanity which is prominent. As reader you feel that during the period she writes in her diary certain tensions/difficulties/challenges are confronted and more or less resolved. That is beautiful. She transcends the polarization between Jew and Nazi, between `Nederlander' and `Duitser'. She seeks and finds her way in a difficult time.
People interested in honest accounts of personal/spiritual development and personal dealings with existential challenges will be pleased and inspired by `Etty'.
`Etty' is an admirable authentic personal report of a gifted, young woman.
I say this book deserves a firm place in the Dutch literary canon - but this is still an understatement.
Etty Hillesum is a woman of all times and the value of this book is not confined to national borders.
If you doubt whether to buy this book or `An interrupted life' I very much advice to buy this one, because the latter is abridged and edited (around 1980) in such a way that it gives a distorted (idealized) image of Etty.
Fortunately the complete `Etty' is available in English since 2002.