Etty Hillesum


Reading the diaries of Etty Hillesum. I like her mentions of Rilke.

Was also reading “After the Ecstasy the Laundry”.

I wonder if the Freedom book by Margaret Atwood will talk about political freedom or spiritual freedom.

I feel I have not been reading enough. Less internet. More books.

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  1. Etty Hillesum was a Dutch Jewish woman living in Holland in the 1940s. Despite being offered numerous chances to go into exile or hiding she decided to stay in Holland to support other Jewish people who are by this stage being rounded up by the Nazis and transported East. Her diaries are very spiritual and she mentions poets like Rilke and writers like St Augustine. She is said to have experienced some kind of spiritual awakening during her experiences of the holocaust. She is often referred to as the adult Anne Frank.


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