Bold and Full: Corrie ten Boom

We're excited about today's BOLD AND FULL feature, Corrie ten Boom (15 April 1892 – 15 April 1983), who helped save nearly 800 lives during World War II.


Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom was born April 15, 1892 in the Netherlands. Her family, devout Christians, saw the good in all. Her father, a jeweler and watchmaker, owned a watch shop that the family lived above. She RADIATED goodness, and showed kindness to everyone she met.

Throughout the Nazi occupation during WWII, Corrie's family helped save hundreds (nearly 800) of Jews hide and escape Nazi captivity. In her bedroom, they created a small, secret room about 30 inches deep where individuals could hide. Located behind a false wall, the room had to be entered by crawling on hands and knees through an open cupboard. On February 28, 1944, the Nazis were informed of the ten Booms' activities. The entire family was arrested and sent to Scheveningen prison, where her father and sister didn’t make it out alive.

Following the war, Corrie set up a rehab for camp survivors and OWNED her story. She wrote several books, including her memoir The Hiding Place and traveled the world to over 60 countries inspiring thousands as a public speaker.  Corrie died on April 15, 1983 on her 91st birthday. She has taught us that through love and forgiveness you can CREATE peace and hope. “You will find it is necessary to let things go, simply for the reason that they are too heavy.”

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