Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I admire . . . Corrie ten Boom

Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom (born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 15 April 1892 and died on her 91st birthday, 1983) was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II and was imprisoned for it. Her most famous book, The Hiding Place, describes the ordeal.

The ten Boom family were devoted Christians who dedicated their lives in service to their fellow man. Their home in Barteljorisstraat (in Haarlem when Holland) was always an “open house” for anyone in need. During the Second World War, the ten Boom home became a refuge, a hiding place, for fugitives and those hunted by the Nazis.


The Ten Boom home on the corner of Barteljorisstraat and Schoutensteeg, Haarlem.

Ten Boom family members were eventually betrayed by informants and were sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp where most died, except Corrie ten Boom, who went on to tell the story of the family’s work with the Resistance movement. Her autobiographical book, The Hiding Place, was published in 1971 and made into a full-length feature film of the same name in 1975. 

The Corrie ten Boom Museum tells the extraordinary story of the Ten Boom family which saved 800 Jews in the "Hiding Place" from Nazi death camps in WWII.