Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie Ten Boom helped Jews escape the Nazi holocaust.

Introduction

This Flyer is based on WWII, and the Ten Boom family. Corrie Ten Boom is one of the family members. Her family and her, helped many people in WWII, and risked their lives to save other people. They helped other people because the Nazis were looking for them. The Family were Christians, and would help anyone no mater what.

Early Life

Corrie Ten Boom was born on April 15, 1892, in Haarlem, Netherlands. In her family, Corrie was the youngest child. She had one brother, Willem, and two sisters, Betsie and Nollie. Her father was Casper Boom, and was a watchmaker and jeweler.


They lived in the Barteljorisstraat house in Haarlem ( Beje house ). Below was their fathers watch shop and above they had their rooms. Their house was "open" to anyone who needed a place to stay. They would hide jews and dutch underground workers until they could find another safe house. In Corrie's bedroom she had a secret hiding place, for up to six people. This was a place for people to go when security came through the house. And their was an air system that was installed in the hiding place as well.

Beje Movement

In the "Beje" movement, Corrie became the leader, who would look for other "safe houses" in the country. She would search for Dutch families who were brave enough to take in people. Most of her life was spent trying to protect, and keep them hidden from the Nazis. Through her hard work she was able to save over 800 people in WWII.


Although, on February 28, 1944, the family was betrayed. The Gestapo (Nazi secret police ) took the family and anyone who came to the house. But what the Gestapo didn't know is that in Corrie's bedroom there was a false wall, and behind it, was two Jewish men, two Jewish woman, and two Dutch underground workers. These people managed to stay quiet for three days, until they were able to get to safety. But unfortunately only three of the Jewish people survived the war, and only one Dutch underground survived.

Ten Boom family imprisoned

The Ten Boom family were incarcerated. Corri's 84-year old father was put into the Scheveningen prison, near the Hague. He died 10 days after he was imprisoned, and Corrie and Betsie were put in the Ravensbück concentration camp, near Berlin. Her sister, Betsie died on December 16, 1944. Corrie was then released 12 days later.

Corrie's life after the War

After the war, Corrie moved to the Netherlands. She opened a rehabilitation center, for people who were concentration camp survivors. She was also willing to help people who cooperated with the Germans during the war. Corrie began a worldwide ministry in 1946, which would take her to over 60 countries. "She received many tributes, including being knighted by the queen of the Netherlands" Cornelia Arnolda Johanna ten Boom. (2014). The Biography.com website. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/corrie-ten-boom-21358155.

Conclusion

Overall, Corrie and her family helped save hundreds of people in WWII. Including Jews and Dutch underground workers. Without the Ten Boom family, those people would have been killed by the Nazis. Also, the Ten Boom families house is still standing from WWII.

Works Cited

~ Cornelia Arnolda Johanna ten Boom. (2014). The Biography.com website. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/corrie-ten-boom-21358155


~ Pathmaker Marketing, LLC. (n.d.). Ten Boom Museum. Retrieved from http://http://www.tenboom.org/aboutthetenboomsc48.php


~ John M. Fritzius. (2005). CORRIE TEN BOOM (1892-1983). Retrieved from http://www.tlogical.net/Bioboom.htm


~ United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. (2013). Retrieved from http://http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10006914