Corrie ten Boom
Heroine: a woman having the qualities of a hero; a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities; the central female figure in an event or period.
Corrie ten Boom was a Christian Holocaust survivor who, along with her family, hid many Dutch Jews from the Nazis during World War II. She was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where her family become active in the Dutch underground, helping Jewish refugees. Motivated by their Christian faith Corrie and her family helped Jews without trying to force conversion to Christianity. They honored the Jewish Sabbath and even provided Kosher food.
In December 1967 the State of Israel declared Corrie ten Boom a member of the
Righteous Among the Nations
, and was also knighted by the Queen of Holland in honor of her work during the war.
The Hiding Place
, details her and her family’s experience in Nazi camps, where all her family died, except for her. She later learned that her release from the Nazi camps had been a clerical error, and that all women prisoners her age were killed the week following her release.
Corrie returned to the Netherlands where she started rehabilitation centers, and later moved to Germany which became her home base during the many years she traveled doing itinerant preaching, in over sixty countries. On one speaking engagement she came face to face with one of the guards at the notorious Ravensbruck women’s
camp where she was held prisoner. Ravensbruck concentration camp.”Struggling in the moment, she chose to extend forgiveness to the man, which act transformed his life.
The author of many books, and courageous influencer and inspiration to millions of people, Corrie ten Boom died on April 15, 1983, on her ninety-first birthday.
In Corrie’s words…
“The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.”
“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.”
“Joy runs deeper than despair.”
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”