Etty Hillesum was a Dutch Jew born on January 15, 1914.
On September 7, 1943, following a deportation order, she boarded a train bound for Poland. The journey was to last three days. Before finally leaving the Netherlands she threw a postcard from the train. It was found and mailed by some farmers. It read, “We left the camp singing.” Etty and the others arrived in Auschwitz on September 10, 1943. That same day her mother and father were gassed. The Red Cross reported Etty herself was gassed on November 30, 1943.
The following journal is a journal entry reflecting on interior freedom.
How small our circumstances become when we look at life as a whole.
No real words come to me here as I read that passage and listen and reflect on the darkness of man, and yet - the power of love. I don't know really, maybe just take a moment of reflection for yourself and see where you end up.