Exhibition “Etty & Leonie”

Article publié le 29 November 2022

Until April 10th, 2023 at the Jewish Museum of Amsterdam

This exhibition highlights the friendship between two women, Etty Hillesum (1914-1943) and Leonie Snatager (1918-2013), at a time of difficult choices during the Second World War. The texts of Etty Hillesum, who was murdered in Auschwitz, have met with great literary success. A biography of the author by Judith Koelemeijer was recently published in the Netherlands. This book presents previously unpublished documents, including the friendship between Etty and Leonie. This friendship is reflected in the diaries of both women, written on the advice of their shrink Julius Spier, whom they consulted during the war. Leonie went into hiding and survived the war. When she died, her family discovered her texts and archives, as well as numerous editions of Etty’s work. Her son will donate them to the museum in order to allow the public to discover this history and their complex and moving story.