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Corrie ten Boom

It is a privilege and a humbling inspirational challenge to 'walk in Corrie's shoes', if only in costume and presentation...
 
Corrie ten Boom was born on April 15, 1892, in Haarlem, Holland. The youngest of four children, she grew up in a home rich in love. Her mother's three sisters shared the humble Ten Boom home that also housed the family business, a watch shop. Like her grandfather and father, Corrie was a watchmaker. In fact she was the first licensed woman watchmaker in all of Holland.  Corrie's brother, Wilhelm, and sister, Nollie, married and had families of their own. Her older sister, Betsie, chose not to wed because of ill health. After the passing of her mother and three aunts,  Betsie and Corrie lived in the house of their birth with their father caring for one another and running the watch shop.
 
From early childhood, Corrie observed the lifestyle of her parents that demonstrated the value of every life, regardless of color or creed. Devout Christians, Corrie and her family lived routined peaceable lives until 1940, when the Nazis invaded the Netherlands. In 1942, she and her family became very active in the Dutch underground aiding and hiding Jews. In the Ten Boom home, a secret room was built into Corrie's third floor bedroom. Entering through a sliding panel in a closet, their refugees had to crawl in on their hands and knees to hide in the 30 inch deep medium wardrobe. In addition to the hiding place, an electronic buzzer was installed to warn the residents of a raid.
 
On February 29, 1944 the Nazis raided the ten Boom house. Six people escaped detection in the secret room, but Corrie and her father, sisters, and brother along with some 25 others were arrested for their work with the resistance.
 
While most of the family members were released, Father ten Boom died in prison after 10 days, and Betsie and Corrie were held for 10 months in 3 different prisons. In September of 1944, Betsie and Corrie were transported like cattle in boxcars to Ravensbruck, a concentration camp in Germany. There they experienced deplorable conditions, humiliations, hard labor, and cruel beatings. Inspite of the hateful environment, Corrie and Betsie delivered the message of God's love to their fellow prisoners and a captors. Malnourished and weakened by the harsh treatment, Betsie eventually died in early December of 1944.  Shortly after Betsie's death, Corrie was released having completed her sentence. Later she learned that her release was due to a clerical error. All the women in the camp, her age, 52 years, and older were executed shortly after her release dk webiste.
 
Corrie returned home to Haarlem, Holland where she set up rehabilitation centers for people of all races and creed in effort to bring healing and comfort after the ravages of World War II. . Embracing the words of her sister, Betsie, Corrie traveled to over 60 countries, and shared a message of hope, forgiveness, and love. “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” The nation of Israel honored Corrie ten Boom naming her Righteous Among the Nations. She was also recognized for her work in the Netherlands and knighted by the Queen. A museum in Haarlem is dedicated to her and her family. Many books have been written by Corrie and a deeply moving film, “The Hiding Place”, was made by World Wide Pictures in 1975.movie, She spent her latter years in Orange, California. Successive strokes left her an invalid, yet all who visited her commented on the peace and presence of God that still ministered through this remarkable woman.  91 years old, she died on her birthday, April 15, 1983.
 
It is an honor and pleasure to continue her ministry of love and reconciliation through “A Visit with Corrie”.