December 9, 1941 – Etty Hillesum

80 years ago today.

“I kneel once more on the rough coconut matting, my hands over my eyes and pray: ‘Oh Lord let me feel at one with myself. Let me perform a thousand daily tasks with love, but let everyone spring from a greater central core of devotion and love.’ Then it won’t really matter what I do or where I am. But I still have a very long way to go.”

– An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork.

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