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THE HIDING PLACE BOOK NOTES
Many times, the mood of this story is one of fear and despair. The two women,
Betsie and Corrie, are subjected to horrific conditions during their imprisonment,
and they witness the deaths of many innocent people. However, the overall
mood is uplifting and optimistic, because within the midst of the shadow
of the Nazi regime, there is goodness that is practiced, and hope always
seems to give them the strength to go on. In the end, the mood is one
of joy that Corrie lived to tell the story, even as the reader feels great
sadness at the loss of such wonderful people as Casper ten Boom and his
eldest daughter, Betsie.
Corrie ten Boom was born on April 15, 1892, in Haarlem, Holland, and
lived there in a wonderful old house called the Beje most of her life.
After an early disappointment in love, she chose to never marry; this
seemed to be a part of God’s plan for her as she became a minister of
His word after spending a year in Nazi controlled prisons and in Ravensbruck,
the infamous concentration camp that was responsible for the deaths of
about 95,000 women. Corrie’s experiences in these prisons are the basis
for her well-known autobiography, The Hiding Place, written
with the help of John and Elizabeth Sherrill. She spent the latter part
of her life traveling and speaking to audiences hungry for the story her
sister, Betsie, had encouraged her to tell even as she was lying on her
death bed. Eventually, after suffering several strokes, she came to live
in Orange County, California, with friends and died there on her 91st
birthday, April 15, 1983.
This autobiography takes place at a time we have now come to know as the Holocaust. Although Corrie ten Boom only witnessed this horror from her own perspective and that of the Dutch, she accurately portrays how the Nazi regime systematically rounded up all those people they considered undesirable in their new state, including six million Jews, and exterminated them. This makes Corrie’s story one that will resound among generations to come and will keep alive the truth about that time even as revisionist historians attempt to prove otherwise. She witnessed it firsthand, and so she is a source of truth when doubts would creep in and destroy it.
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