Frases de Etty Hillesum
Fecha de nacimiento: 15. Enero 1914
Fecha de muerte: 30. Noviembre 1943
Ester "Etty" Hillesum fue una joven judía neerlandesa que mantuvo un diario durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
Etty escribió un diario entre los años 1941 y 1943, que testimonia su propio fin en un campo de concentración de Auschwitz. Se parece al diario de Anne Frank, pero escrito por una mujer de 27 años.
El libro tuvo gran resonancia en Países Bajos y es considerado un documento de gran valor. Ha sido traducido a varios idiomas.
Frases Etty Hillesum
— Etty Hillesum, Lettres De Westerbork
„Dear God, these are anxious times. Tonight for the first time I lay in the dark with burning eyes as scene after scene of human suffering passed before me. I shall promise You one thing, God, just one very small thing: I shall never burden my today with cares about my tomorrow, although that takes some practice. Each day is sufficient unto itself. I shall try to help You, God, to stop my strength ebbing away, though I cannot vouch for it in advance. But one thing is becoming increasingly clear to me: that You cannot help us, that we must help You to help ourselves. And that is all we can manage these days and also all that really matters: that we safeguard that little piece of You, God, in ourselves. And perhaps in others as well. Alas, there doesn't seem to be much You Yourself can do about our circumstances, about our lives. Neither do I hold You responsible. You cannot help us, but we must help You and defend Your dwelling place inside us to the last.“
— Etty Hillesum
12 July 1942, p. 488-89
„And if God does not help me to go on, then I shall have to help God. — 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.“
— Etty Hillesum
11 July 1942, p. 484-85