Stillpoint Readers’ Group: An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork

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An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork
by Etty Hillesum and Foreword by Eva Hoffman

A poignant true story from a valiant spirit. Etty Hillesum, like the better-known although slightly younger Anne Frank, also chronicled her life as Hitler’s regime drew its net ever tighter around the Jews of Amsterdam, until–also like Frank–Hillesum lost her life to Nazi genocide.

Etty is a young Jewish woman just starting to live, with all that involves… relationships, sex, love, work, study. Her diaries coincide with and chronicle the oppression of the Nazi laws circumscribing the conduct of Jews’ daily life.  When the Nazis finally came for her and her family she did not hide or run, but instead joined other Jews and was sent to Westerbork…  a “holding area” for Jews before room in concentration camps was “found.”

The power of Hillesum’s writing is its ability to convey the persistence and development of her personal spiritual life, even while in Auschwitz, and one is left marveling that her spirituality grew and deepened in the face of such unspeakable evil.


Facilitator: Sharolyn Durodola

When: September 12, 2018

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Development

Cost: Freewill donation