Diet Eman. A Life Worthy of Remembrance

By: Bill Johnson

We have been hoping to bless you with some highlights from friends whom we’ve invited to events in the past to speak into our hearts and lives.  One such person is our now deceased friend, the internationally beloved Diet Eman, a name familiar to many but not to the extent that it should be. Diet was a Dutch Resistance Worker (World War II) who made incredible sacrifices,  starting as a young teen.  She eventually was captured and ended up being carted off as a prisoner on a train with Corrie Ten Boom and her sister – on the way to an internment camp from which many never returned.

At that particular evening at ADA in 2013, a special night was experienced by all as Diet told her life story and painstakingly warned those in attendance of familiar signs that she was seeing that warned of evil to come.  As you will hear and see in this video, her heart-felt concerns were worthy of prayerful concern and meant to be taken to heart.

Diet passionately retells accounts from her youthful days that are both heartwarming and inspiring.  Her broken Dutch accent draws the listener to attend even more carefully to a life story that should be shared with people of all ages.

Many parents brought their teenagers to hear Diet on that memorable evening.

Our staff fell in love with her at that event and her deep love for our ministry touched our hearts in a way that we will never forget.

We extend a warm invitation to you to make this video a must-see this Christmas season – placing it on your screen at home for loved ones to watch with you.

Here is the link to the video of Diet’s speech at our event.

And here is an article from the Smithsonian, remembering Diet’s life and announcing her death: For many years after the war, Eman stayed silent about that story and other remarkable details of her past. “Terrible things happened in my life,” she said in 2017. “My fiancé was killed, and all my friends from the resistance … It really breaks your heart.” But Eman ultimately did speak out about her wartime experiences—and upon her death on September 3 at the age of 99, she was remembered as a woman who “bravely fought to save the lives of Jewish people who were being persecuted by Adolph Hitler.”

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