Etty: The Play

Esther “Etty” Hillesum was a young Dutch Jewish student living in Amsterdam during WWII. Etty’s diaries and letters from 1941 – 1943 describe life in Nazi-occupied Holland and Westerbork Transit Camp where she was interned. Etty Hillesum was 29 years old when she was murdered at Auschwitz/Birkenau.
Director Susan Stein brings us to 1943, when Etty, a young Jewish woman, is about to be deported out of Holland. Sharing the stage with a suitcase, Etty speaks to us as she tries to gain clarity and insight into her life as she prepares for her three-day journey to the east. She digs deep into her soul to understand this piece of history and root out any hatred or bitterness, believing that humanity is the best and only solution for survival.
She asks us to consider our own responsibility today, in a world where the promise of “never again” has not yet been realized. In her gentle yet forthright way, Etty asks us not to leave her at Auschwitz but to let her have a bit of say in what she hopes will be a new world.