"I shall try to help You, God, to stop my strength ebbing away, though I cannot vouch for it in advance. But one thing is becoming increasingly clear to me: that You cannot help us, that we must help You to help ourselves. And that is all we can manage these days and also all that really matters; that we safeguard that little piece of you, God, in ourselves. And perhaps in others as well. [Julho 12, 1942]" (J. Gaarlandt (ed.), An Interrupted Life. Diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943, Nova Iorque, Pantheon Books,1983, p.151).