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A Short Biography Of Etty Hillesum (1914-1943)

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This chapter presents a short biography of Etty Hillesum. Esther (Etty) Hillesum was born on 15 January 1914 in her parents' home at Molenwater 77 in Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland, where her father Levie (Louis) Hillesum had been teaching classical languages (Greek and Latin) since 1911. Etty spent her childhood years in Middelburg, Hilversum (1914-1916), Tiel (1916-1918), Winschoten (1918-1924) and Deventer, from July 1924 on, where she entered the fifth form of the Graaf van Burenschool. After primary school, Etty attended the Gymnasium in Deventer, where her father was deputy headmaster. After completing her school years, she went to Amsterdam to study law. In her diaries, one can clearly see how the anti-Jewish measures increasingly impacted Etty Hillesum's life, even though she had resolved to follow the line of her own spiritual development no matter what.

Keywords: anti-Jewish measures; Etty Hillesum's life; Middelburg



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