Sunday, May 28, 2023

The “conversion experience” of Dutch Jewish writer Etti Hillesam, murdered in Auschwitz

Etti Hillesam was a young Jewish woman who lived in the 1940s, and was 27 when she wrote her diary. She is a girl with a great concern for the meaning of life and the fate of people.

Fernando Rilo Chair of the Pontifical University of Salamanca (UPSA) Submitted this book on 28 October Etti Hillesam: A Woman Limited in God, Hillesam is part of a quartet of Jewish women and writers – along with Anne Frank, Edith Stein, Teresa Benedicta de la Cruz and Simone Weil – who died during World War II, whose legacy has since been recognized internationally. .

a personal diary

they are Daily personal, written between 1941 and 1943, and his leaves Witness your life in Auschwitz concentration camp. In them, his journey of conversion from Jewish agnosticism to maintaining a closer and deeper relationship with God is seen.

She had to go through two world wars, and although she was originally from another region of Holland, she moved to Amsterdam to study, and from there she writes her diary: she finds herself very aware of things around her. affects. Her writing is very impressive as you can see how she is very closed in herself and at the same time, cares about the world. In 1942 she decides to volunteer for an extermination camp (not an extermination camp), a transit camp where she works for a year. But persecution also reaches him, and he is sent to Auschwitz, where he dies in November 1943.

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the key to your commitment

book written by six professors from physical research group Abat Oliba from CEU Universitywho approach the model of psychiatry and psychology that lead Hilsom to focus spiritually and commit himself to the Jewish people.

Director of the Thinking Classroom of the Fernando Riello Foundation during the presentation, Juana Sanchez-Gayu It is highlighted that reading the testimony of AT Hilsom”It transforms our lives, because its existence was crucial amidst the horrors”, he assured. According to Sánchez-Gay, “The work is written with simplicity and poetry, where its author explains the protagonist’s encounter with God. The book focuses on the three faculties that center your life: intuition, joy, and Freedom,

For her part, the representative of Fonte Grupo editorial Maria Daniela Billo expressed her pleasure in presenting this work because her editorial group is “committed to the study of spirituality that connects to the reality of today’s world.” In the words of Billow, “the author manages to combine aspects such as anthropology, psychology, and mysticism in his pages.”

Director of Fernando Rilo Chair of UPSA, benito marinhas recognized the greatness of the figure of Hillesam and “emphasizes the spirit that is perceived in all the chapters”.

an experience of god

The life of Etti Hillesam demonstrates that the experience of God is not a privilege for some, but a benchmark for complex personal situations. For Montserrat Lafuente, “the book is a shared reflection of three psychologists and other psychotherapists that stems from a desire to learn more about her figure. The impetus for his writing is “the idea of ​​feeling himself as a depositor of the hero’s desire to remain in future generations.” For his part, Mar lvarez, focusing on the hero’s daily life and personality traits, has emphasized that Hilasm “He preferred to obtain the truth of things in an environment in which the context did not favor reflection on immaterial aspects.,

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Claudia Rossi has pointed out that “his diary considered the dialogues created by AT in three dimensions: with self, with reality and with God, where there is always a longing for peace and an attempt not to be eliminated from the context.” It happens. “.

The Realm of Bliss has been analyzed by Gloria Morello, who highlights Hilsom’s strength and happiness: “Through this gift a power arises within him that inspires him during his stay in concentration camps: that God The closer one is to the Sun, the more one is able to see the beauty of the world.

Finally, Ana Revuelta and Sheila Gallego focus their speech on the concept of freedom. For the first, “Freedom is not the end, but the beginning in the whole diary, where a clear intention to connect with God is seen, it is a free decision. She gives us the idea that in order to connect with God you must be holy or There is a need not to be perfect, but to be human. For his part, Gallego specifies that “Etti Hillesum is growing in inner freedom while his people are decreasing in outer freedom.”

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