Auschwitz Challenge

STAGE 1 - MIDDElBURG - Going home ... going back to the roots

Dear pilgrim:

Here again, your driver. Today I am taking you to the train station because you answered the questions on yesterday's form well. You can tell that you are intelligent… that was what a school teacher I had in Primary told me.

And speaking of school, today we are going to Middleburg where Etty was born on January 15, 1914 but where he barely lived. why? Because his father, Louis, was a professor at the institute of classical languages ​​and, from time to time, they changed his Study Center. It seems that he was not particularly good at ensuring discipline in class because, among other things, he was a bit deaf. He was a man who lived in the world of letters while lacking that more practical dimension of life.


In fact, it will be Etty's mother, Rebecca, from Russia (she had escaped a Russian pogrom or persecution against Jews) who, as they say, wore the pants at home. A not very well matched marriage from which two sons (Mischa and Jaap) and a daughter, the eldest, Esther or Etty, were born.

A father without much character and an intellectual who lives in the fantasy of literature. A mother not very emotionally stable, chaotic and passionate. Well, "Like Father, like Son." Etty, who did not get along particularly well with them, has very similar aspects to both. In summary, Etty is not weird. He inherits not only genetic makeup but also aspects of character.

Really… how much we inherit from the people who raised and educated us! Some features we love and some we almost curse. Whatever it is, reconciling with our past and even thanking our ancestors for what we are enables us to embrace the present with a greater breadth of heart and, thus, launch ourselves enthusiastically towards the future.

In fact, Elie Wiesel, a 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner and a concentration camp survivor, inherited a strong sense of humanism from his father, who encouraged him to learn Hebrew and take an interest in literature, while his mother encouraged him to study the Torah. Wiesel confessed that his father represented reason, while his mother Sarah promoted faith.

So, dear pilgrim, today we have to travel with our ancestors in our hearts.




Enjoy this city that saw the birth of the protagonist of this Challenge: Etty Hillesum


a history pill with unai and uxía

Two young people from the diocese's Youth Ministry delegation help us to understand a bit better the war conflict that frames the writings of Etty and other of his contemporaries.



Raquel Velasco, a volunteer at the Etty Hillesum Foundation in Bogotá, offers us a reflection that should be taken into account: what was Etty's family like?






Inmaculada Palomo, Early Childhood Education teacher at the San Joseph School, Logroño, responsible for innovation at her center, volunteer for ARPANIH (parents with children with ADHD) and coordinator of Penitentiary Ministry of the Etty Hillesum Foundation, brings us closer to the figure of Elie Wiesel . She, a lover of reading, is a worthy presenter who had to describe something truly unheard of the horror of the concentration camps. But also hope after them.

06. Your concentration camp

Find a story or new this week about "your concentration camp" and pray for the victims of it.

If you don't get a prayer, here is one:

Oh God,

that you long for with your heart as a good Creator

the happiness of all those to whom you gave life.

Remember those who are suffering and feel powerless,

give them comfort.

And offer me the courage to report what is wrong

and announce with my life and my words

that good will always win. Amen.

 07. Greate enigma of Auschwitz Challenge

In each of the stages we will offer you some clues so that at the end of the itinerary you can solve who is the mysterious character of this Auschwitz Challenge.

Today's clue is: This is a male

Get your train ticket

To move on to the next stage, your personal driver wants to know if you have made good use of what you have experienced today. Therefore, here is a short questionnaire to be able to purchase your ticket to the next place.


Extra and optional material

REcipe of the day : Kiprollade


  • 1 meat roll tied with kitchen string

  • 1 leek

  • 1 large onion

  • 1 yellow bell pepper

  • 2 carrots

  • 1 quarter cabbage

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • Pumpkin and sunflower seeds without salt and peeled (if you prefer it can be pine nuts or almonds)

  • 3 tablespoons of honey

  • The juice of half an orange

  • Coarse salt

  • A pinch of green pepper

  • ½ glass of water

  • Olive oil


How to prepare the Dutch kiprollade:

  1. In a frying pan put two tablespoons of oil and fry the meat roll on all sides, to seal and that it does not shrink in the oven.

  2. Preheat the oven to 180 ° C.

  3. Chop all the vegetables in julienne strips and put them on a baking tray, together with the pipes, as a bed.

  4. Sprinkle them with the oil in which the meat was fried.

  5. Mix the honey, green pepper, salt and orange juice, and with this spread the roll.

  6. Pour what is left over from the previous mixture to the vegetables (if it looks too dry, add ½ glass of water).

  7. Place the meat roll on the vegetables.

  8. Put in the oven and bake for 50 minutes at 180 ° C.




Two reading proposals:

"28 days" by David Safier. It tells the story of a 16-year-old girl during the occupation of Warsaw. The question the book suggests is "what kind of person do you want to be?" and although the character and his story is fictional, the novel is based on real events.


Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 75 years ago the double nuclear holocaust


'WMagazín' Literary magazine founded and directed by the journalist Winston Manrique Sabogal (By Santiago Vargas).