[Book review of: Klaas A.D. Smelik, Marja Clement, Gerrit Van Oord, Jurjen Wiersma eds. (2020) Etty Hillesum en de receptie van haar dagboeken]

Translated title of the contribution: Etty Hillesum and the reception of her diaries

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The pragmatic Christian appropriation in the various contributions seems
suitable for an overarching discussion. A comparative reflection on this
phenomenon, which would have improved the significance of this volume,
is sadly lacking. Several authors are clearly marked by their reverence for the
intellectual protagonist, creating the impression of being too close to the
subject matter while studying their subject in a certain isolation – whereas
broader contextualization is desirable. No serious attempts are made to
compare the reception to that of other Holocaust authors, whether creators
of ego documents written during the war, such as Anne Frank, or authors
of postwar work such as Primo Levi. Despite the lack of focus and excessive
diversity, this collection contains interesting starting points for further
analysis, but a broader and more detached approach is vital to fulfilling
the promise of future cahiers in this series
Translated title of the contributionEtty Hillesum and the reception of her diaries
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)229-232
Number of pages4
JournalStudia Rosenthaliana
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Etty Hillesum
  • Holocaust
  • memory culture


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