Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 01/08/2013


Corrie ten Boom

corrie-ten-boom-600Very early in my Christian walk I read a book which profoundly moved and influenced me. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, John Sherrill, and Elizabeth Sherrill is the true story of a Dutch woman admired the world over for her courage, her forgiveness, and her memorable faith. In World War II, she and her family risked their lives to help Jews escape the Nazis, and their reward was a trip to Hitler’s concentration camps. But she survived and was released—as a result of a clerical error (coincidence?) and now shares the story of how faith triumphs over evil. For thirty-five years Corrie’s dramatic life story, full of timeless virtues, has prepared readers to face their own futures with faith, relying on God’s love to overcome, heal, and restore. The Hiding Place  tells the riveting story of how a middle-aged Dutch watchmaker became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s death camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century.

hiding placeCorrie was born on December 13, 1901 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She died on her 91st birthday. It is interesting that Corrie’s passing occurred on her birthday.  In the Jewish tradition, it is only very blessed people who are allowed the special privilege of dying on their birthday! Corrie ten Boom and her family were Christians who were active in social work in their home town of Haarlem, the Netherlands. During the Nazi occupation, they chose to act out their faith through peaceful resistance to the Nazis by active participation in the Dutch underground. They were hiding, feeding and transporting Jews and underground members hunted by the Gestapo out of the country. It is estimated they were able to save the lives of 800 Jews, in addition to protecting underground workers.

On Feb. 28, 1944, they were betrayed; Corrie and several relatives were arrested. The four Jews and two underground workers in the house at that time  were not located by the Nazis and were extricated by the underground 47 hours after they fled to the tiny hiding place (behind Corrie’s room).

Ten Boom clock shop/home where Jews were hidden

Ten Boom clock shop/home where Jews were hidden

The ten Boom family members were separated and transferred to concentration camps. Corrie was allowed to stay with her precious sister, Betsy. Corrie’s father (Casper), two of his children (Wilhelm & Betsy) and one grandchild (Christiaan) perished. Corrie was released in December of 1944. During her internment, Corrie ministered to hundreds of Jewish women and children, with her miraculously hidden copy of the Bible. She was able to give them hope in the face of death.  These acts of heroism and sacrifice became the foundation for Corrie ten Boom’s global writing and speaking career which began after she was released. Years later, another miracle occurred when she was able to genuinely forgive the Nazi guard who had murdered her sister Betsy.

Ten Boom has received numerous awards for her writing and speaking. Notably, she was honored by the State of Israel for her work in aid of the Jewish people by being invited to plant a tree in the famous Avenue of the Righteous Gentiles, at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, near Jerusalem. I have seen this memorial! She was also knighted by the Queen of the Netherlands in recognition of her work during the war, and a museum in the Dutch city of Haarlem is dedicated to her and her family.

The Hiding Place has been made into a movie which tells the story beautifully. Here is a sneak preview of the movie:

You can order it online from Amazon or Two of the many other books written about Corrie’s life are Tramp For the Lord and Return To the Hiding Place.



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  2. This is one of those books that lets us feel how much love our Creator can give to us. I was still a “young” Christian when I read it and it was given to me by a friend. The site cites that “The Hiding Place is a book about how faith, compassion and love triumphs in the face of unspeakable evil. This book is recommended for everyone – nonbelievers and believer, specifically for people who have negative perspectives in life and those who are struggling to forgive other people.” Heaps of books which can be used as a tool to evangelize to our friends can be found there, maybe you and your readers could check it out. A blessed day to you.

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