When I think about a hero, I think of people like Abraham Lincoln or Dietrich Bonhoeffer. However, have you ever heard of Corrie Ten Boom? She was born on April 15, 1892, in Amsterdam. Corrie Ten Boom got her first taste of notoriety after writing a book called The Hiding Place. The Hiding Place chronicles what Corrie Ten Boom and her family went through when they got imprisoned in a concentration camp in the time of the Holocaust. Corrie and her sister were moved to another concentration camp in Holland.
The both of them faced hard time labor, and near starvation. Boom, a devoted Christian, still held bible studies in the knitting rooms. Boom and her family set up a secret resting place where they provided help to many victims of the Nazis in the time of German occupation of the Netherlands.
By the time of Christmas 1944, Boom was finally free and put on a train for Berlin. Boom would then arrive at the severely bombed station where an older janitor would help her locate a train back to the Dutch border. Boom had not eaten in days because her food was either stolen or lost! She finally found a safe place at a hospital in Gottingen, where her health improved.
Later on, Corrie Ten Boom would start touring, and she began to share about what she went through. Corrie Ten Boom would go on to tour Europe, and then all around the world. Boom would later go on to set up a refuge house for victims of the concentration camps. She also would become the first licensed watchmaker in the Netherlands. Corrie Ten Boom, unfortunately, at the age of 93, would pass away. It has been said that Corrie Ten Boom would go on to save the lives of 800 Jewish people. Even though she is not here with us today, her legacy still shines bright and is one of the most influential women in history.
What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.
― Corrie Ten Boom