Corrie Ten Boom was born Cornelia Arnolda Johanna Ten Boom in Amsterdam, Netherlands on April 15th, 1892 to Casper and Cornelia Ten Boom. Corrie was named after her mother. Her father Casper was a Jeweler and Watchmaker. She was the youngest of four children.
Her family were members of the Dutch Reformed Church, which protested against the Nazi persecution of Jews. Corrie and her family believed in equality for all human beings regardless of their race. Corrie’s grandfather had also supported efforts to improved the Christian-Jewish relations in the 19th century.
Her family became involved in the resistance efforts after World War II. Many of her family members sheltered young men who were being sought by the Nazi’s. Corrie along with her father and elder sister Betsie would hide Jews in their home in Haarlem, the Netherlands
Corrie was able to make connections with resistance workers by working as a watchmaker in her father’s store as a cover. Corrie was also the first female certified/licensed watchmaker in the Netherlands. The resistance workers helped her in securing ration books and building a Hiding Place in their (The Ten Boon’s) home. They were betrayed and ratted out to the Nazi’s by Jan Vogel
When the Gestapo raided their home on February 28th, 1944, there were six people in hiding, including two Jews and resistance workers. Corrie along with her father, her brother, two sisters, a nephew and other family members were taken away, as well as some of the resistance workers and acquaintances who were attending a prayer at their home.
They were all briefly held at Scheveningen prison. All were released except to Corrie, her elder sister Betsie and her father Casper, who all remained in prison. Ten days after being detained by the Gestapo, Casper fell ill and died in prison at the age of 83.
Both Corrie and Betsie remained in prison at Scheveningen until June of 1944. They were both then transferred to a camp at Vught in the Netherlands. In September of that same year, three months after being transferred to Vught both Corrie and Betsie were transferred to Ravensbruk Concentration Camp in Germany. Both Corrie and Betsie were able to remain together during that time, that is until December of 1944 when Betsie died at Ravensbruk due to illness at the age of 59.
Before her death Betsie had three visions from the Lord. The first vision was about a house for former prisoners. The second was to own a concentration camp where they could teach Germans to learn to love again. The third was that they would be released before the new year. All three visions came to pass.
Corrie was miraculously released due to a clerical error in late December of 1944, along with other prisoners. One week later after her miraculous release, all the female prisoners from her age group were killed. She would never forget God’s grace and mercy. and how He had miraculously spared her life.
After being released she returned home to Haarlem, Netherlands where she was reunited with her remaining surviving family members. She would go on to set up a rehabillitation center in Bloemendaal. The refugee houses housed of concentration-camp survivors and sheltered the jobless Dutch who previously collaborated with Germans during the Occupation exclusively until 1950, when it accepted anyone in need of care.
She returned to Germany in 1946, and met with and forgave two Germans who had been employed at Ravensbrück, one of whom was particularly cruel to Betsie.
Corrie Ten Boom went on to travel the world as a public speaker, appearing in more than 60 countries. She wrote many books during this time She was knighted by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands in 1971.
Corrie moved to Placentia, CA in 1977 penniless. She would later go on to do many speaking engagements and write a book entitled The Hiding Place, which was later made into a movie by the Billy Graham Evangelical Association Media.
She was recognized for her work and great courage. She was also honored by the state of Israel for her work aiding the Jewish people. Her childhood home in Haarlem, Netherlands was turned into a museum that has been dedicated in her family’s memory. Despite everything. She forgave her captors
Qt: There is no pit so deep that He (God) is not deeper still. (Betsie Ten Boom)