Etty Hillesum

1914 - 1943

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Esther (Etty) Hillesum (15 January 1914 – 30 November 1943) was the Dutch author of confessional letters and diaries which describe both her religious awakening and the persecutions of Jewish people in Amsterdam during the German occupation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Etty Hillesum has received more than 300,868 page views. Her biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. Etty Hillesum is the 950th most popular writer (down from 857th in 2019), the 125th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 110th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Writer.

Etty Hillesum was a Dutch Jew who spent the last two years of her life in hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland. She wrote a diary that was published after her death, and it is now considered a classic of Holocaust literature.

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Among writers, Etty Hillesum ranks 950 out of 5,755Before her are Vinicius de Moraes, Marshall Rosenberg, Tannhäuser, Taha Hussein, John Fowles, and Emanuel Schikaneder. After her are Aristarchus of Samothrace, Klaus Ebner, Aron Nimzowitsch, Marko Marulić, Mirza Fatali Akhundov, and Benito Pérez Galdós.

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Among people born in 1914, Etty Hillesum ranks 34Before her are Philippe Ariès, George Dantzig, Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani, Robert Wise, Peter Townsend, and Louis, Prince Napoléon. After her are Gino Bartali, Richard Laurence Millington Synge, Alan Hodgkin, Max Perutz, Jackie Coogan, and Norman Borlaug. Among people deceased in 1943, Etty Hillesum ranks 33Before her are Maurice Denis, Viktor Lutze, Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal, Otto Jespersen, Max Reinhardt, and Mordechai Anielewicz. After her are Oskar Schlemmer, Hans Scholl, Gustav Vigeland, André Antoine, Aurel Stein, and Nicholas J. Spykman.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Etty Hillesum ranks 125 out of 1,427Before her are Edwin van der Sar (1970), Robert van Gulik (1910), William II of Holland (1228), Gabriël Metsu (1629), Willem Claesz. Heda (1594), and Eugène Dubois (1858). After her are Meindert Hobbema (1638), Martinus Beijerinck (1851), Mark Rutte (1967), Dennis Bergkamp (1969), Bertha of Holland (1055), and Bert van Marwijk (1952).

Among WRITERS In Netherlands

Among writers born in Netherlands, Etty Hillesum ranks 5Before her are Thomas Bernhard (1931), Multatuli (1820), Isabelle de Charrière (1740), and Robert van Gulik (1910). After her are Harry Mulisch (1927), Cees Nooteboom (1933), Dick Bruna (1927), Constantijn Huygens (1596), Cornelis Tromp (1629), Johanna van Gogh-Bonger (1862), and Annie M. G. Schmidt (1911).