The Hiding Place

By: Corrie Ten Boom

Book Summary:

This story is about 45 year old Corrie Ten Boom. The first chapters start off with the Ten Boom's celebrating the 100th anniversary of their watch and repair shop. Most of the citizens of the Dutch town of Haarlem had showed up to the party along with a minister who showed up with a Jew who had just escaped a German concentration camp. In 1940, Holland was invaded by Nazis and the Ten Boom's family decided to help out some Jews and they quickly became the center of a major anti-Nazi Operation. Corrie soon found herself with being involved in Black Market operations, stealing ration cards, and eventually hiding Jews in her own home. Corrie was in a constant struggle to keep the Jews safe.

A bit later on a man asked Corrie if she could keep his wife safe, Corrie agreed. As it turns out the man was a spy and the watch shop and the Ten Boom's house was soon raided with Nazis. The entire Ten Boom family was arrested but, the Jews managed to hide in a secret room in the house and not get caught. Meanwhile, Corrie was sent to Scheveningen, a Dutch prison. There she learned that her sister Betsie was there with her but, all of her other family members and friends were released. After four months, Corrie was moved to Vught, a Dutch concentration camp. There she was put to work building and repairing aircraft radios. As Betsie's health started to fail she was moved to sewing prison uniforms.

When a counter-offensive against the Nazis seemed imminent, the prisoners were shipped by train to a German woman's concentration camp. The conditions were harsh; both Corrie and Betsie were forced to perform back-breaking manual labor. Before the war ended Betsie died, as for Corrie she was put into a camp hospital barrack while she was recovering from edema. Corrie was back in Holland before January 1945.

Who Would Enjoy This Book?

I think that people who are more into Biographies and Non-Fiction would enjoy this book the most.

Three Things I learned

  • When Jews were sent to concentration camps they had to do hard work even if they had bad health.
  • Some Jews could be moved to multiple camps.
  • Most Jews were caught and sent to camps.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Rating: Four Out Of Ten Stars