Published by Bantam on October 1st 1984
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This is the autobiographical story of the Corrie ten Boon and ten Boom Family and how they led a quiet life running their watch shop until the Nazi’s occupied their country. They soon began to see the horrors of the occupation and what was happening to their Jewish neighbors and friends. They were a very religious and spiritual family who felt they could not sit by and watch others suffer. At the age of 50, Corrie ten Boom with the assistance of her father and other family members began the Dutch underground hoping to save, shelter, feed and lead those persecuted from the Nazis to freedom. This book is also about faith. Corrie and her family are Christian and had great faith. The Hidiing place is not just about how they started the Dutch Underground but also about their spiritual journey. They never lost their faith even when they were arrested and placed in concentration camps themselves. I had no idea about the religious nature of the book but regardless of what your religion is, this book does not get preachy but does show the great faith of Corrie, Betsy and the rest of their family.I often think how do you forgive the unforgivable when I think about the Holocaust but Corrie forgives those who imprison her.
I found this part moving:
Corrie Ten Boom stood naked with her older sister Betsie, watching a concentration camp matron beating a prisoner. “Oh, the poor woman,” Corrie cried. “Yes. May God forgive her,” Betsie replied. And, once again, Corrie realized that it was for the souls of the brutal Nazi guards that her sister prayed.