Corrie ten Boom

corrie-ten-boom-sqCornelia “Corrie” ten Boom was born on April 15, 1892 in Haarlem, Netherlands and grew up in a devoutly religious family. Family members were strict Calvinists in the Dutch Reformed Church. Faith inspired them to serve society, offering shelter, food and money to those in need. In this tradition, the family held a deep respect for the Jewish community in Amsterdam, considering them “God’s ancient people”. During World War II Corrie and her family harboured hundreds of Jews to protect them from arrest by Nazi authorities and, by all accounts, saved nearly 800 lives. On February 28th 1944 they were betrayed by a fellow Dutch citizen, and the entire family was imprisoned, Corrie and her sister in the infamous Ravensbruck camp. Corrie survived and after the war returned to the Netherlands where she started a worldwide ministry. In 1971 she told her story in a book entitled The Hiding Place. In 1977, at age 85, Corrie ten Boom moved to Placentia, California. The next year, she suffered a series of strokes that left her paralyzed and unable to speak. She died on her 91st birthday, April 15, 1983. Her passing on this date evokes the Jewish traditional belief that states that only specially blessed people are granted the privilege of dying on the date they were born.

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