cor­rie ten Boom

even in the dark­est times her faith never wa­vered

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While the Gies fam­ily is pos­si­bly the best known for hid­ing Jews from the Nazis in the Nether­lands, they weren’t the only ones. In Haar­lem the house of the Ten Boom fam­ily be­came a safe haven for sev­eral peo­ple es­cap­ing per­se­cu­tion be­cause of their race. Five to six refugees would stay in the house on a tem­po­rary ba­sis, with oth­ers shel­ter­ing there for only a cou­ple of hours or days be­fore mov­ing on.

In 1944 the Ten Boom fam­ily – Casper and his daugh­ters Bet­sie and Cor­rie – were be­trayed. On 28 Fe­bru­ary their home was raided and over 30 peo­ple were ar­rested. How­ever, the Nazis never found six peo­ple who had been hid­den be­hind a false wall. Cor­rie spent time in Schevenin­gen Prison be­fore be­ing trans­ported to Ravens­brück Con­cen­tra­tion Camp with her sis­ter. Bet­sie un­for­tu­nately died there, but Cor­rie man­aged to sur­vive and upon her re­lease she trav­elled the world, preach­ing the love of God de­spite the ter­ri­ble times that she lived through. But she couldn’t have known how lucky she was at the time – a cler­i­cal er­ror meant that she was re­leased just be­fore all of the fe­male pris­on­ers her age at Ravens­brück were ex­e­cuted.

“love is larger than the walls which shut it in”

life: 1892-1983 Fate: right­eous among the na­tions

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