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Two Voices From Westerbork: Etty Hillesum And Philip Mechanicus On The Transport From Camp Westerbork On 24 August 1943

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Almost one hundred trains left Camp Westerbork for Central Europe. The majority of deportations took place between July 1942 and September 1943. Transports also took place before and after this period, but less frequently. The subject of this chapter is the transport of 24 August 1943. The writer Etty Hillesum and the journalist Philip Mechanicus left extensive notes behind about this transport: Hillesum in her letter and Mechanicus in his diary entry on that date. The chapter considers the texts by Etty Hillesum and Philip Mechanicus with the following questions in mind: a) what kind of information did the authors intend to convey with their descriptions of the terrible transport of that night? b) exactly how are the two texts constructed? Which topics did the authors consider important to raise? c) why did the authors choose to write at all?.

Keywords: Camp Westerbork; Etty Hillesum; Philip Mechanicus



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