Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Yom Shoach Part 2: Corrie Ten Boon

Boker Tov:
One of my personal heroines is Corrie ten Boom.

Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom was born April 15, 1892 in Amsterdam and passed away on her birthday 1983 in Orange California. Ten Boom was a Dutch Christian, who's father taught his family that the Jews were G_D's chosen people. The Ten Boom family helped many Jews escape from the Nazis during World War II.

In 1940, the Nazis invaded the Netherlands. Corrie ten Boom ran a club for young girls, a club that was soon banned. The Ten Booms had long been involved in charitable work, Corrie herself working with disabled children.
Two years later, Corrie and her family became active in the Dutch underground. Those Jews who were hidden in the ten Boom home were provided with kosher food and the Sabbath honoured.
(One of the hiding places in the ten Boom house)
In 1944 Corrie and her family were arrested thanks to an informant. Mr. ten Boom died in Scheveningen prison ten days later there the family was first held. A sister, brother and nephew were released, but Corrie and her sister Betsy were sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp  concentration where only Corrie survived.
Miss Ten Boom wrote eight books and spoke frequently in the postwar years about her experiences. She also  aided Holocaust survivors. 1971, Corrie wrote the Hiding Place, her autobiography. Two years later the book was adapted into a movie.

I have read the Hiding Place twice and highly recommend it. She and her family went against her country's mandate to wipe Germany of every man, woman and child, hiding them to the risk of their own lives.
They as Christians, opened their homes to Jews, made sure to keep and honour their Feast Days and even made sure their home was kosher, making the ten Boom home their home. The ten Boom said No to Hitler and yes to G_D.
And today, there are many Jews who are alive today, thanks to a small group of Christians who didn't just quote the Bible, believed the Bible, but acted on what it said.


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