Sunday, April 17, 2016
Esther “Etty” Hillesum (1914-1943) was a Jewish woman whose letters and diaries, kept between 1941 and 1943, describe life in Amsterdam during the German occupation. In the darkest years of Nazi occupation and genocide, Etty Hillesum’s lucid intelligence, sympathy, and almost impossible gallantry were themselves a form of inner resistance and spiritual transformation. Often considered an adult counterpart to Anne Frank, Etty Hillesum’s writings testi-fy to the possibility of spiritual awakening and compassion in the face of the most devastating challenge to one’s humanity. She died at Auschwitz in 1943 at the age of twenty-nine.
Program presented by Dr. Michael Downey, Director, Theological and Spiritual Formation, Mater Dolorosa
Free will donation welcome.