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Arupa Freeman

Etty Hillesum, a young Jewish woman whose diary survived the holocaust and is unique among holocaust diaries in that it is not just horror but also joy and transformation. For a good review go to

http://www.metroactive.com/papers/metro/08.14.97/cover/lit4-9733.html

Here is a quote from it:

"Her own description of her experience seems to place her squarely in the company of mystics: 'When I pray, I hold a silly, naive, or deadly serious dialogue with what is deepest inside me, which for the sake of convenience I call God.'

One of the most striking elements of Hillesum's legacy is her compassion. She refused to join her fellow Dutch in despising the Germans. Etty was no innocent, she was simply loath to add another iota of hatred to a world already reeling with abominations."

The Feminist Grandma

Thank you Arupa. She's new to me. I love love love the brave women of then and now.

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