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THE HIDING PLACE BOOKNOTES
Corrie now knew that Rolf would be of help to her underground activities, and she went to see him to ask what he would like in return for his kindness. He told her that the son of the cleaning lady at the jail was looking for a place to hide from the razzia and perhaps Corrie could help. The ten Booms offered help by sending the boy to a tulip farmer. The boy’s mother was so grateful that she promised Corrie she would do whatever she wanted should the need arise. Corrie, however, couldn’t see how such a simple little soul could ever be of help to their work.
Corrie also worried more and more about how long they could go on with each new danger coming to their door. One day, an intern from the maternity hospital left a young Jewish woman and her baby with them at the same time Fred Koonrstra was bringing the ration cards. It was a very frightening moment for everyone, but Corrie accepted the baby and his mother. Later, a pastor from one of the local churches came into the shop and Corrie believed this might be the answer for the problem of the baby. She brought the man upstairs and showed him the baby, but he refused to put his and his family’s lives on the line for a Jewish child. Father then took the baby in his own arms and said to the pastor, “You say we could lose our lives for this child. I would consider that the greatest honor that could come to my family.” The pastor still refused, and Corrie was forced to send the mother and baby to a farm which was not considered very safe any more. A few weeks later, the farm was raided, and she never learned what happened to the Jewish mother and child.
Even though they had a telephone, the ten Booms could never be sure the line wasn’t tapped, so they worked out a code in terms of watches. One day, Corrie received a message that the caller had a man’s watch that was giving him trouble, and he couldn’t find anyone to repair it. It had an old-fashioned face as well. This told Corrie that the person needing help had obvious Jewish features and would be immediately arrested. So, at 7:00 PM that evening, the new curfew time, the knock came at the door, and thus entered Meyer Mossel into their home. Corrie immediately liked his smiling attitude and concern for their comfort. He struck up a friendship with Father and became an integral part of their home. They decided to give him a less Jewish name and chose Eusebius Smit, Eusie for short. They even managed to get him to eat non-kosher food.
Because there were so many people living at the Beje, Pickwick insisted that they must put buzzers in every place that might expose them to danger and that they must practice their warning system. A “Mr. Smit” came to the house and explained to Corrie how she must prepare for a raid. Then, he had them all sit down to lunch and rang the buzzer when they weren’t prepared. After the drill, he showed them the incriminating evidence they had left behind. He warned them they needed to get their time down to one minute, but they only were able to make it to their hiding place in about two minutes. Nonetheless, Corrie was satisfied that they were much better prepared.
Then, three new people came into the Beje, one of whom worried Corrie the
most: Mary Itallie, who was seventy-six and asthmatic. However, the group
voted that Mary be allowed to stay even though she could be a danger to
them all. So their little family was formed. Even though others came and
went for short periods of time, the last seven they had taken in, including
Eusie and Mary, stayed on indefinitely.
This chapter reinforces the great dangers the ten Booms face in working with the underground. Even though they take as many precautions as possible, Corrie is under the stress of knowing that it could all blow up in their faces at any time. Nonetheless, with Father the strongest among them, they accept whatever fate will befall them, because they know they are doing God’s work. Father says that he would consider it an honor to give up his life and the lives of his family to save a two week old Jewish baby. It is foreshadowing of what is yet to befall them.
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