Katherine House FCJ Salford

A Christian Conference and Retreat Centre

Etty Hillesum, a Voice of Freedom & Hope

Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019 10:30 – 3:30

Etty Hillesum, a remarkable Jewish woman, has become an insightful, profound and inspirational voice through her diaries, which were published in the 1980s. Determined to face the inner landscape of her own troubled mind, Etty also refused to escape an outer landscape dominated by Nazi oppression in occupied Holland. Etty was only 29 years old when she was killed in Auschwitz.


The day will explore the life, thought and spirituality of Etty Hillesum and will include presentation, enacted monologues, discussion, reflection, stillness and prayer.


Donna Worthington is an experienced retreat giver and worked at the ecumenical Tabor Retreat Centre in Preston, Lancashire. Donna studied Theology and is trained in Ignatian spiritual direction. She has written various plays including Through The Leaves of The Green Tree, which she specially wrote to celebrate the anniversary of Etty Hillesum’s birth in 1914. She has led various days on Etty Hillesum and through these days and the touring production, has sought to raise awareness of Etty’s life, thought and spirituality.

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