An Interrupted Life: The Diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943 Topics for Discussion

Etty Hillesum
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What reason does Etty give for volunteering to work at Westerbork?

What is significant about the fact that Hillesum was born at the beginning of World War I and died during World War II?

Why does Etty refuse to go into hiding like so many other Jews?

How does wrestling with Julius Spier affect Etty?

At which point in An Interrupted Life does Etty Hillesum's focus shift from her daily life to matters of higher spiritual significance? In other words, when does Etty begin speaking to God in her diary?

What justification does Etty Hillesum give for refusing to hate the Germans? Cite examples from the text to support your answer.

Explain author Eva Hoffman's assertion that, "Etty had the kind of genius for introspection that converts symptoms into significance" (Introduction, vii).

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