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Let's Talk About Hope! Etty Hillesum's Future-Perspective—"We May Suffer, But We Must Not Succumb"

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Etty Hillesum writes about the future in a way that clearly shows her perspective. She hoped to play a role in post-war times, and the decision to share the fate of her people was not inspired by resignation. She describes herself as a witness of this time, as a writer. She wanted to go to Russia and Japan. In her considerations about going on transport or not, she offers a remarkable insight into what we later, after the war, would call "survivor's guilt," to feel guilty because one survived. Etty Hillesum often used the word 'later' in her diaries and in several entries describes how she sees herself 'later'. She records intimations that call for further elaboration; she writes to explain, to tell about, but she also writes for us, for future generations.

Keywords: Etty Hillesum; post-war times



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