Hillesum, Etty

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Hillesum, Etty Gender: F
born on 15 January 1914 at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM )
Place Middelburg, Netherlands, 51n30, 3e37
Timezone LST m4e53 (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Taeger
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 24°41' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 10°11 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 21°22'

Portrait of Etty Hillesum 
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Etty Hillesum
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Dutch author and autobiographer. A Jew, she was a victim of the holocaust, murdered in the concentration camp at Auschwitz on 30 November 1943.

After the Nazi's invaded the Netherlands, she met in the evening of 14 May 1940 the social-democrat professor Bonger, who was like her worried about the future and his life:

"Dag professor Bonger, ik heb veel aan U gedacht de laatste tijd, ik loop een eindje met u mee. (....) Er was die middag net die vluchtrage naar Engeland en ik vroeg: vindt u het zin hebben om te vluchten? En toen zei hij: de jeugd moet hier blijven. En ikke: gelooft u dat de democratie zal winnen? En hij: die zal zeker winnen, maar het zal ten koste gaan van enige generaties."

This simple fragment comes from Etty's now famous diary (1981) and translates as: "Hello Professor Bonger, I thought a lot of you recently. Do you mind if I walk a little way with you (....) That afternoon there was just that flight race to England and I asked: Do you think it makes sense to flee or leave? And then he said: Youth is here to stay. And I asked: Do you believe that democracy will win? And he: Democracy will surely win, but it will be at the expense of some generations.

Esther "Etty" Hillesum (15 January 1914, Middelburg – 30 November 1943, Auschwitz) described in letters and diaries her plain "sociological" descriptions of Jewish life in Amsterdam during the German occupation. She decided to stay and became generations after her 1943 death in Auschwitz in 1981 a honoured woman of whom Pope Benedict XVI on 13 February 2013 (Ash Wednesday) in his last days as pope would say: "...I am also thinking of Etty Hillesum, a young Dutch girl of Jewish origin who died in Auschwitz. At first far from God, she discovered him looking deep within her and she wrote: “There is a really deep well inside me. And in it dwells God. Sometimes I am there, too. But more often stones and grit block the well, and God is buried beneath. Then he must be dug out again” (Diaries, 97). In her disrupted, restless life she found God in the very midst of the great tragedy of the 20th century: the Shoah. This frail and dissatisfied young woman, transfigured by faith, became a woman full of love and inner peace who was able to declare: “I live in constant intimacy with God"...”


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  • Death by Homicide 30 November 1943 in Auschwitz (Victim of holocaust, age 29)
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Source Notes

Taeger Lexikon quotes Astro-Kring No.12/1987 for B.C. Taeger gives 15:40 GMT which corresponds to 16:00 Amsterdam mean time.


  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Concentration camp (Killed during holocaust)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Jewish)
  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 29)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer

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