The Hiding Place Corrie Ten Boom

May 13, 2011

The Kindness of Corrie Ten Boom

Filed under: Uncategorized — by thehidingplacecorrietenboom @ 8:23 am

Corrie lived in Harlem with her father and older sister during the time Holland surrended to the Nazis. She was 48 then and unmarried. She worked in as a watchmaker in a shop her father started in 1837. They were devoted members of the Dutch Reformed Church. Thei family is known for their kindness.

She was involved with the Dutch underground and began giving temporary shelter to neighbors who were Jews. The word spread about her kindness and people came to her for refuge. She even had a false wall constructed in her bedroom behind which people could hide.

Her home turned into the center of an underground ring that reached throughout Holland after a year and a half. It became The hiding place of the Jews that Corrie Ten Boom started. Many people would come into their shop and she found herself dealing with hundreds of stolen ration cards each month to feed the Jews that were hiding in underground homes all over Holland. She wondered how long this much activity and the seven Jews that they were hiding would remain a secret.

It was on February 28, 1944,  an informant that had worked with the Nazis  disguised as hiding Jews and asked Corrie’s help. Her family  were arrested. Fortunately, the Jews  made it to the secret room in time and later were able to escape to new quarters.

After 10 days of being ill, her father died while Corrie and her sister Betsie emained in a series of prisons and concentration camps, first in Holland and later in Germany. Corrie described in her book how she struggled with and overcame the hate that she had for the man who betrayed her family and how she and Betsie gave comfort to other inmates.

Because of a clerical error, Corrie was released from Ravensbruck one week before all women her age were killed. She went back to Harlem and continued on watchmaking. She didn’t find contentement in doing so. She began traveling and telling the story of her family and what she and Betsie had learned in the concentration camp. Eventually, after the war was over, she was able to obtain a home for former inmates to come and heal from their experiences. And she continued to travel tirelessly over the world and tell to anyone who would listen the story of what she had learned.

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