Heaven lives in me. Etty Hillesum
Edited by Claudia Munarin, don José Clavería, Gianni Mereghetti and Benedetto Grava with the collaboration of university and high school students of the Sacro Cuore Foundation of Milan
The exhibition accompanies Etty Hillesum a young Jewish girl , distant from God , unsatisfied restless, to Auschwitz, a journey she undertook when she found herself living in Nazi occupied Holland. What is important in her story is not the situation she found herself in but the path she chose to become aware of her ego and her relationships with God and others. On February 3, 1941 Etty Hillesum met, the psychologist-neurologist Julius Spier and from this meeting her life took a radical turn; she begins to write a diary in which she tells the path inside her interiority. In the relationship with Spier she began to know herself deeper and better entering into his deep well of interiority. Her life is contradictory, continual tension between instinctive passions and questions about meaning for existence. But then she starts having a clear direction that leads her to recognize God within herself and begins to communicate with God. There are many letters that she wrote to her friends that shows the new maturity of her conscience and when she was at the Westerbork camp where she decides to share the fate of her people.