And Hillesum's voice only grows in clarity and resolve as her departure from Westerbork approaches — the implications of which she is well aware — and I think it is not too much to call her startlingly enduring love a kind of enlightenment. "We left," she writes of her leavetaking, "singing."

Megan Grumbling can be reached atmgrumbling@hotmail.com. A one-woman play about Etty Hillesum's life, Etty, will also be performed this month at Augusta's Holocaust and Human Rights Center on May 1 @ 2 pm, and at Portland's Etz Chaim Synagogue on May 2 @ 8 pm.

THE THINKING HEART | performed by Martin Steingesser, Judy Tierney, and Robin Jellis | Poetic variations by Martin Steingesser, adapted from the journal and letters of Etty Hillesum | Original cello accompaniment arranged and performed by Robin Jellis | Produced at First Parish Church in Portland, May 1 @ 7 pm | Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland, May 22 @ 3 pm | USM Portland Library (7th floor) June 2, at 7 pm.

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