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Etty: The Letters and Diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943 Hardcover – 4 Dec 2002

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  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Complete and Unabridged edition (4 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802839592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802839596
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 16.6 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,566,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 young Jewish woman. 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 Etty's 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. Indeed, in the midst of the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust, Etty's writings reveal a woman who celebrated life and remained an undaunted example of courage, sympathy, and compassion.

Letters that she wrote to friends during her internment at the Westerbork transit camp poignantly describe the day-to-day horrors that the Jewish prisoners faced. Nonetheless, Etty's courage and determination remained strong, allowing her to rise above the hate around her and express her irrepressible faith in humanity. As she wrote in her last letter, thrown from the train that took her to her death at Auschwitz, "We left the camp singing." Through this splendid edition of Etty's writing, edited by Klaas A. D. Smelik and translated by Arnold J. Pomerans, readers everywhere will resonate with the spirit of this remarkable woman.

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Format: Hardcover
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.
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I received this wonderful book... In perfect conditions, it's exactly what I Was waiting for. I'll read it with a real pleasure.
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Format: Hardcover
A book of profoundest depth. A rare piece of writing coming from a western person whose spirit erupts in a lightning-bolt momevement at the darkest of hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Dec. 2016
By CV - Published on Amazon.com
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A MASTERPIECE OF INTROSPECTION IN THE CONTEXT OF A TRAGEDY
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5.0 out of 5 stars Etty Hillesum was a living angel 10 Dec. 2012
By Sandra Norg - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is one of the most profound spiritual books. Etty shares herself in a most personal way in her diaries. I cannot imagine going through the horrors of the holocaust and staying as centered and sane as Etty. She did not only have a very high IQ (probably genius level), but she was a woman of wisdom. Etty struggled to not let the horrors affect her, but to still look up at the beauty of the sky or to smell the heather growing just outside the barbed wire fence. She looked at each German as an individual and did not become prejudiced against the German people. I have read this book many times since the 1980's and will read it again. Etty is a heroine. Although I only know her through this book, Etty is a like a sister; she is a friend. Sandra Nordgren
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep down 14 Dec. 2010
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THIS BOOK IS AMONG MY GREATEST TREASURES. WRITTEN DEEP DOWN - READING DEEP DOWN AS WELL.
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars love it! 4 Sept. 2013
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love my new book! despite being a used copy it looks brand new. they offered it at affordable price too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This valuable book is primarily about intellectual and spiritual growth. 7 Sept. 2012
By Ram Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Because it's such a striking description (I could not say it better) I copy here the first part of the book description:

"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.
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