Etty Hillesum Evening

Tickets are now available for an evening talk by Rowan Williams and Klaas Smelik exploring the importance of Etty Hillesum, the Dutch-Jewish writer murdered in the Holocaust in 1943. The event will take place on Friday 24th February 2023, 7pm, in the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge at 7pm. Tickets (£5 / £1) can be booked at .

The Dutch-Jewish writer Etty Hillesum was murdered in 1943 by the Nazis in Auschwitz. Famously, as related in her posthumously published diaries, she refused to allow hatred to cloud her response to genocide. Her example of courage, service for others, and inner resilience is relevant today as it was then. Her insistence on replacing hate with love sets an example which inspires and challenges.

The evening will consist of lectures follwed by Q&A by two leading experts on Etty’s life and thought. Prof. Klaas Smelik is the editor of Etty’s diaries, and founder of the Etty Hillesum Research Centre; Lord Rowan Williams is the former Archbishop of Canterbury. In the break there will be an opportunity to read quotes from Etty’s diary, view a short video and other educational resources, and to meet Dr Lotte Bergen, the Director of the Etty Hillesum House in the Netherlands.  

This event is part of the Etty Exchange, a Straits Committee Small Project Initiative, co-funded by Kent County Council and Provincie Zeeland, and organised by the Etty Hillesum House Middelburg and the Poetry Practice Ltd. Canterbury.

Advance booking essential.  Tickets (£5 / £1) include refreshments and are available at