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This article looks like it was written by Klaas Smelik, who edited Etty's diaries--I have the collected edition of her diaries and letters that he edited, and he wrote a wonderful introduction to them. - Eam531 (talk) 15:31, 15 February 2009 (UTC)eam531
Too much information makes this very difficult to read. Does anyone really need to know every street address her family lived at? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 14:40, 2 April 2009 (UTC)
For an historical character like this, that is not inappropriate. Drmies (talk) 02:08, 8 December 2012 (UTC)
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I have made some serious cuts to this article--to the film section (unverified and not-notable films), the See also section, the EHOC and museum section, and the External links section. What I cut was irrelevant, unverified, and in many cases inappropriate (with non-neutral language and inline URLs). I'll be glad to assume good faith from new editors, but I'm really a bit shocked to see people adding academic resumes and links that plug books in an article like this. I guess Hillesum has become a cottage industry as well. Drmies (talk) 02:10, 8 December 2012 (UTC)
Since the last editor made such extensive edits, I would first like to discuss adding a new section titled "Legacy". This section would describe the influence of Etty Hillesum's writings on the arts and her writing's impact on the way we understand that piece of world history. This would be similar to the Legacy section on the Anne Frank Wikipedia article. For example, the section would list films inspired by the writings of Etty Hillesum, such as The Convoy and theater pieces and poems such as "The Thinking Heart". — Preceding unsigned comment added by Susan.elaine.stein (talk • contribs) 17:14, 9 March 2013 (UTC)
I found the quote below as one possible one to include. It is cited by Marshall Rosenberg, the "Father" of NVC (Nonviolent Communication) which among other things, encourages people to (without excusing the actions of others) to try to understand the internal emotional words and needs that lie behind those actions - even when those actions are warped or wicked because better understanding can prevent future evil (and in some cases - not in this case of the Gestapo officer, but in other cases, say Indian versus Pakistanis in conflict etc - can be used to reduce conflict) The quote:
“I am not easily frightened. Not because I am brave but because I know that I am dealing with human beings, and that I must try as hard as I can to understand everything that anyone ever does. And that was the real import of this morning: not that a disgruntled young Gestapo officer yelled at me, but that I felt no indignation, rather a real compassion, and would have liked to ask, ‘Did you have a very unhappy childhood, has your girlfriend let you down?’ Yes, he looked harassed and driven, sullen and weak. I should have liked to start treating him there and then, for I know that pitiful young men like that are dangerous as soon as they are let loose on mankind.”
—Etty Hillesum: A Memoir