Welcome to the EHOC website, the Etty Hillesum Research Centre of Ghent University

In 2006 an independent research centre was founded at the Ugent to study and promote Etty Hillesum's life and writings. The Letters and Diaries 1941-1943 were written during WWII, in the Netherlands. These valuable manuscripts have received global attention ever since they were published and presented to the wider public. The Etty Hillesum Research Centre stimulates participation of researchers in a variety of academic fields. It serves research within Ghent University, as well as on an international level.

the Etty Hillesum Research Centre in middelburg

The Etty Hillesum Research Centre will move to Middelburg, the city where Etty Hillesum was born in 1914. The new location will be in the Zeeuws Archief, a beautiful building in the centre of Middelburg. The official opening of the Etty Hillesum Research Centre Middelburg will be on the first of October of this year. We are grateful for the kind hospitality of the Zeeuws Archief and the positive reactions of various institutions in Middelburg who want to cooperate with us.

Zeeuws Archief 1        Zeeuws Archief 2

Bilingual Edition of Etty Hillesum's writings available

By publishing a bilingual edition of Etty Hillesum's writings we hope to have created a useful tool for all the readers interested in Etty Hillesum who are not Dutch-speaking. The book has been published in January 2014; the publisher is Shaker Verlag GmbH in Aachen (Germany). The translation on each right page is in English, the original text on each left page is in Dutch and partly in German, since Etty Hillesum was fluent in that language and had German-Jewish friends with whom she spoke German. Many footnotes with extra information have been added. Because the text comprises circa 1200 pages, the edition has appeared in two volumes.

Etty Hillesum CONGRES in gHent 13-15 january 2014


On the 15th of January 2014, it was hundred years ago that Etty Hillesum was born in Middelburg, the Netherlands.  The Etty Hillesum Research Centre (EHOC) of Ghent University has commemorated this anniversary with an international congress.

The conference started on Monday morning  13 January 2014 and ended on Wednesday 15 January. Place of meeting was Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, Ghent.


The program with additional information can be found on http://www.ehoc.ugent.be/Congress2014 (column at the left side)

NEW complete EDITIon of etty hillesum's diaries and letters in dutch

A completely revised and enlarged edition of the the original Dutch, German and Russian text of the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum has just appeared under a new title: Etty Hillesum, Het Werk. For readers who understand Dutch, this will be good news. For those who do not, we are happy to announce that the Etty Hillesum Research Centre of the Ghent University started this summer preparations for a bilingual edition: Dutch-English. We keep you informed about the progress of this new initiative of our centre.




2007 - Vakgroep talen en culturen van het Nabije Oosten en Noord-Afrika (disclaimer)
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