Corrie Ten Boom's 'The Hiding Place': An Analysis

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Corrie ten Boom's 1971 book The Hiding Place told the story of an evangelical Christian family in Holland that was involved in Resistance work against the Nazi occupation, including the concealment of Jews from the Nazis. The Ten Boom family had always been sympathetic to Jews long before the rise of Hitler and the Nazi state, and regarded them as a Chosen People who would always have a special place in God's plans. They were arrested by the Gestapo in 1944, and Corrie's father, brother, sister and nephew all died at the hands of the Nazis, although they never found the hiding place of the Jews in their house. In Ravensbruck concentration camp, Corrie and her sister also vowed that they would travel the world as Christian missionaries after the war, describing how their faith in Christ sustained them even under the worst circumstances imaginable. Betsie died in the camp in December 1944, shortly before Corrie was released due to an administrative error, although she believed it was certainly a miracle and act of divine intervention that had saved her from death. She kept her promise, and spent the rest of her life traveling the world as an evangelical missionary, often associated with Billy Graham. Corrie ten Boom was born in Haarlem Holland in 1892, and ended up following the profession of her father Casper, becoming the first licensed woman watchmaker in the country. She came from a long line of devout Christians, including her grandfather William who had led "a prayer

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