December 22nd, 2012

Etty Hillesum: (2) Family

Etty Hillesum, her parents, and her youngest brother all died in Aushwitz in late 1943 or early 1944.  Another brother, Jaap, a brilliant doctor, died while being repatriated from Bergen-Belsen in 1945.  The home environment was quite hostile and difficult but probably not as bleak as Patrick Woodhouse, a biographer, whose first chapter appears behind this link  Etty Hillesum: A life transformed | Catholicireland.net escribesCollapse )

Etty Hillesum (3) Spiritual Direction

It is generally agreed that  Julius Spier  was instrumental in guiding Etty Hillesum to spiritual maturity.  Two things stand out for me.  1. Spier's spiritual direction was totally, marvelously, almost miraculously successful.  2.  Much of this "direction" seems inappropriate and wrong and not something i would advise for anybody i cared about.

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