Corrie ten Boom

Sarah K.
Background on Corrie ten Boom and her family
  • tenboom.jpg Corrie was born April 15,1892, in Amsterdam, Holland
  • The youngest of 3 sister and 1 brother
  • Lived with parents,siblings, and 3 aunt
    In 1922 she became the first women watchmaker licensed in Holland
  • Never married
  • About the hiding place
  • Corrie and her family hid Jews in their home/shop
  • Corrie had a fake wall constructed in her bedroom where people could hide
  • Usually 6-7 people illegally living in their home
  • Her family's home developed into the center of an underground ring that reached throughout Holland
  • Saved an estimated 800 Jews
  • On Feb.28, 1944 a man came into their shop and asked for money to free his wife. He left and reported them to the German police.
  • Prison
  • The whole Ten Boom family was arrested; the Jewish people hiding in their home were able to make it to the secret room in time and later were able to escape to new quarters
  • the were held at the pe in Scheveninger
  • Gestapo released all but 3 of the Ten Boom: Corrie, Betsie, and their father, Chasper
  • Chasper died in a hospital corridor, ten days after thier arrest
  • Betsie and Corrie were transferred to the Vaught political concentration camp, and then the Ravensbruck concentration camp
  • Ravensbruck was were Betsie died in Dec. 16, 1944
  • Corrie was released from prison soon after Betsie's death. Her release was an error; all the women prisoners her age died the week after her release
  • Post-war
  • After Corrie's release, she traveled back to the Netherlands. She returned to Germany in 1946.
  • She spent her last years writing books and travling around the world preaching with people such as Billy Graham
  • She died on April,.15,1983 on her 91st birthday