Etty Hillesum quotes

Etty Hillesum photo
28   19

Etty Hillesum

Birthdate: 15. January 1914
Date of death: 30. November 1943

Esther "Etty" Hillesum was the Dutch author of confessional letters and diaries which describe both her religious awakening and the persecutions of Jewish people in Amsterdam during the German occupation. In 1943 she was deported and killed in Auschwitz concentration camp. Wikipedia

„And if God does not help me to go on, then I shall have to help God.“

—  Etty Hillesum

The surface of the earth is gradually turning into one great prison camp, and soon there will be nobody left outside. … I don't fool myself about the real state of affairs, and I've even dropped the pretense that I'm out to help others. I shall merely try to help God as best I can, and if I succeed in doing that, then I shall be of use to others as well. But I mustn't have heroic illusions about that either.
11 July 1942, p. 484-85
Etty: The Letters and Diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943

„Despite everything, life is full of beauty and meaning.“

—  Etty Hillesum

Source: Lettres De Westerbork

Similar authors

Martin Buber photo
Martin Buber58
German Jewish Existentialist philosopher and theologian
Edith Stein photo
Edith Stein34
Jewish-German nun, theologian and philosopher
Anne Frank photo
Anne Frank109
victim of the Holocaust and author of a diary
Hannah Arendt photo
Hannah Arendt85
Jewish-American political theorist
Romain Gary photo
Romain Gary16
French writer and diplomat
Isaac Bashevis Singer photo
Isaac Bashevis Singer39
Polish-born Jewish-American author
Janusz Korczak photo
Janusz Korczak3
Polish physician and writer
Walter Benjamin photo
Walter Benjamin70
German literary critic, philosopher and social critic (1892…
Clarice Lispector photo
Clarice Lispector34
Brazilian writer
Anaïs Nin photo
Anaïs Nin278
writer of novels, short stories, and erotica
Today anniversaries
Lewis Carroll photo
Lewis Carroll241
English writer, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer 1832 - 1898
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart photo
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart25
Austrian Romantic composer 1756 - 1791
Dmitri Mendeleev photo
Dmitri Mendeleev7
Russian chemist and inventor 1834 - 1907
Giuseppe Verdi photo
Giuseppe Verdi8
Italian composer 1813 - 1901
Another 78 today anniversaries
Similar authors
Martin Buber photo
Martin Buber58
German Jewish Existentialist philosopher and theologian
Edith Stein photo
Edith Stein34
Jewish-German nun, theologian and philosopher
Anne Frank photo
Anne Frank109
victim of the Holocaust and author of a diary
Hannah Arendt photo
Hannah Arendt85
Jewish-American political theorist
Romain Gary photo
Romain Gary16
French writer and diplomat