The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom is the story about the life of a woman in Hollandduring the German Nazi invasion and holocaust. Miss.
Ten Boom tells about her childhood,helping people escape through the anti-Nazi underground, her arrest and imprisonment, andher release.As a child Miss. Ten Boom grew up in their family's watch shop with her mother, father,sisters, Nollie and Betsie, brother, Willem, and aunts, Tante Jan, Tante Anna, and TanteBep. Her close-knit family was a very important part of her life. They worked together tokeep up the house and the shop. People would always be at their house to visit, needing aplace to stay, or just to hear Father read the Bible.
Through her brother she met Karel,with whom she fell in love. He was a schooled man, very intelligent and cunning. Thoughhe also had a love for Corrie, he would never court her, let alone marry her. His familyarranged his marriage with a woman that had a large dowry.
The rejection hurt Corrie atthat young age but was soon forgotten and placed behind her. Her family was always known for helping people less fortunate. In a person's time ofneed, her mother always took food and a warm smile to help.
Whenever a child washomeless, they could always go to the Beje for shelter. It was not a surprise, then, whenCorrie and the rest of her family got involved with the anti-Nazi underground. She hadbeen noticing that everything in her little town was changing. There were policestationed everywhere and a curfew was being set. The Germans were beginning to takecontrol.
Corrie had found out from her brother, Willem, that there were Jewish peopleneeding a place to stay. The family decided to open the Beje to take people in, mostlyuntil they found them a new home. Corrie found a man inside the German government to getfood ration cards so they the people could eat. She also found most of the people placesto stay. There were a few people that the borders would not take in, for many differentreasons. Those people had the Beje as a home.
There was always a threat of the Germanofficers making a surprise inspection of their home, so the heads of the undergroundinstalled a secret room in their house. Corrie had the permanent and temporary residentsperform drills so that they could get to the room quickly so that no one would know thatthey were ever there. One day, while Corrie was sick in bed, the German officers came to arrest her and herfamily members out of suspicion that they were working with the underground. Luckilyeveryone staying at the Beje was able to get into the secret room before the Gestapo wasable to reach the top of the house. Though none of the Jews were found, Corrie and herfamily were still arrested and taken to a holding place.
There started the longprogression through the horrors of prison and the concentration camps. After spending afew days in the holding place they were taken to Scheveningen, a prison in another partof the country. All of the women were put in holding cells away from the people that theyknew and loved. Being that Corrie was sick, she did not stay in the crowded cells verylong. Quickly she was moved to an isolated cell where she could recover from her illness.One day she learned that Nollie and Willem had been released but she got the bad newsthat her father had passed away after ten days in prison. Soon after she got this news,Nollie sent her a package with.