|A hero if there ever was one: Corrie Ten Boom|
You see, this is actually a re-read for me. Let me back up a bit. Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsie were single, Christian sisters who lived together with their Father in Holland in the early 1940s. When the Germans started taking over Europe in WW2, they chose to become part of the resistance movement and hide many Jews in their home. They helped many stay safe and played an integral part in arranging fake IDs, ration cards, papers, etc. for those that needed it. Unfortunately, their cause was unraveled, they were discovered and both women were taken to a concentration camp. It is here that their real story begins.
|When I visited Holland, I stood right next to the "Hiding Place," pictured here.|
|It's hard to believe what went on in the streets of Europe. Here is the watch shop.|
One of the most poignant examples of this in the book is when the sisters are transferred to a new concentration camp and the beds are literally crawling with fleas. Corrie wonders how Betsie can POSSIBLY thank God for these flees. Well, it turned out months later, they discovered the only reason guards didn't bother them in their room is because of the fleas. This created the opportunity for the women to hold a nightly bible study, which every person in the room devoured. It was almost the only "food" of any kind they hand and I've no doubt that in that little room, because of those fleas and God's providence, many a person found Christ.
|The entire Ten Boom family was an amazing example of humility, sacrifice and courage.|