The Hiding Place

Corrie Ten Boom

Biography

Corrie Ten Boom was born on April 15, 1892 in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. She had three siblings; Bestie, Nollie, and Willem. Corrie's mother died when Corrie was young, so her three aunts moved into Corrie's sweet little home in Harlem. Corrie's father, Casper owned a watch shop below their home. When Corrie was old enough she worked in her father's shop. She was the first woman to become a watchmaker in 1924. Corrie and her family were devout Christians. Corrie ran a church for mentally disabled people and she fostered children. Corrie and her precious family kept Jewsish people and families on their house. Corrie was one of the main workers in the underground system of hiding Jewish people.

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About World War II

World War II was from 1939-1945. This horrible war swept over Europe, the Pacific, the Atlantic, South-East Asia, China, Middle East, Mediterranean Africa, and North and South America were involved in the war a little bit. Six million Jewish people, and five million other ethnic groups were killed during the holocaust. The majority of these people were thrown into concentration camps where they were worked and starved to death. Experiments were performered on the prisoners, and they were also thrown into gas chambers.

Summary of the memoir

The Hiding Place is a memoir about Corrie Ten Boom and her family. They hid over 10 Jewish people in their house. Corrie and her family were caught and were thrown into concentration camps. Corrie and Bestie's goal throughout their time in the concentration camp was to show God's love and light throughout the camp, and to the other women that were in their barrack. Every night Corrie and Bestie held a Bible Study and shared Bible verses with women throughout the camp. This gave hope and encouragement to all of the prisoners throughout the camp. Bestie became very sick throughout the camp, and before she died she had a vision that God wanted Corrie and Bestie to have a house for whoever needed to recover from the war, or in need of a home. She saw that the house would be painted from grey to green, and the residents would plant a garden. Sadly, Bestie died a couple weeks later but Corrie carried out her sweet sister's vision. Although Corrie and Bestie went through many trials during this war they experienced many blessings. One of the biggest blessings Corrie experienced was when Corrie was released from the camp. Months later she found out that her release had been an error and a week after she was released all of the women her age were sent to the gas chambers.
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Quotes

1) “ANOTHER STRANGE THING was happening. The Davitamon bottle was continuing to produce drops. It scarcely seemed possible, so small a bottle, so many doses a day. Now, in addition to Betsie, a dozen others on our pier were taking it.”

- This is yet another example of how God blessed Corrie and Bestie in the concentration camp. Their vitamin bottle never ran out of drops.


2) “I leaned down to make out Betsie’s words, “. . . must tell people what we have learned here. We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still. They will listen to us, Corrie, because we have been here.”

- This is one of the last things Bestie tells Corrie before she passes away. And that is just what Corrie did. She went all over the world to talk about her experiences in the concentration camp and how God protected her the whole time.


3) “As for us, from morning until lights-out, whenever we were not in ranks for roll call, our Bible was the center of an ever-widening circle of help and hope. Like waifs clustered around a blazing fire, we gathered about it, holding out our hearts to its warmth and light. The blacker the night around us grew, the brighter and truer and more beautiful burned the word of God. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? . . . Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

- I love when Corrie talks about their Bible Studies and how their group became bigger and bigger.

Writers Purpose

Elizabeth and John Sherrill wrote newest version of the Hiding Place, however they visited firsthand with Corrie to listen to her all her stories and experiences. I believe the authors wrote this book to carry on Corrie Ten Boom's legacy even after she died. Now her memoir is available to anyone. People even years for now will be able to hear and learn about Corrie's life and testimony.

Theme

“There is One who has them always in His sight, Lieutenant Rahms. Jesus is the Light the Bible shows to me, the Light that can shine even in such darkness as yours.”- Corrie Ten Boom from The Hiding Place. The main theme that is shown throughout from this historical and honorable book is that God can shine his light, and show His bountiful love throughout any situation. No matter how dark our scary the road a person is on, God can shine His light and engulf that person with His endless love.

My relation to the book

I love the story of the Hiding Place. Corrie Ten Boom's story is an amazing story that I believe everyone should read and learn about. Knowing she could be thrown into a concentration camp or be killed, she risked her own life to save many others. I connect with this story because I am a Christian and I love hearing how she shared with many others about God and how His love and light can be anywhere at any time. It was amazing to read about how God protected and provided for Corrie and Bestie throughout their trials and tribulations.

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