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Reading Etty Hillesum in Context

Writings, Life, and Influences of a Visionary Author

Klaas A.D. Smelik Gerrit Van Oord Jurjen Wiersma Marja Clement Lotte Bergen Meins Coetsier Janny Molen Piet Schrijver Yukiko Yokohata Alexandra Nagel

524 pages
Amsterdam University Press
The diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum (1914—1943) have a special place among the Jewish-Dutch testimonies of the Shoah, so much so that Etty Hillesum studies has become its own field. This book offers the most important contributions from the past fifteen years of international research into Hillesum’s work and life, studying her ethical, philosophical, spiritual, and literary existential search.
Author Bio
Klaas A.D. Smelik (Hilversum 1950) studied Theology, Semitic Languages and Ancient History in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Leiden. He taught Old Testament and Hebrew in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Brussels, Ancient and Jewish History at the K.U. Leuven, and Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Ghent University. In 2006, he founded the Etty Hillesum Research Centre (EHOC). Gerrit Van Oord (1948) founded in 1990 the Italian publishing house Apeiron Editori. He is the coordinator for the EHOC in Italy. Jurjen Wiersma (1943) is professor emeritus of Ethics, Hermeneutics, and Philosophy at the Protestant Theological Faculty in Brussels.