10631067.gifI just finished reading The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. It is a very well written and powerful first hand account of the torture that Jews and non-Jews alike had to live through in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany during World War II. Corrie and her family were Christians in Holland who had always been ministers of Christ’s love to those around them. They continually opened their home to the poor and needy, at times having as many as eight orphans living with them at once. This love did not change when Nazi Germany took over and occupied Holland in 1940. At the risk of her life, Corrie began work in the underground system helping to move hundreds of Jews from the city to safe houses around the entire country. Eventually Corrie and her family were caught and they were sent to concentration camps. In this book Corrie recounts the tremendous horror that took place in those camps as well as the continually faithfulness of God to preserve and protect her and her sister Betsy.
One specific occasion Corrie wrote about that really impacted me was when she and her sister, Betsy, were at a concentration camp in Germany. They were standing outside, nearly naked, in the middle of the winter. Unclothed and freezing, the thousands of prisoners were standing in line waiting for their name to be called during the 4:30 AM roll call that happened every morning. While they were standing in line, women were literally collapsing from the lack of food, clothing, and extreme winter weather’s impact on their bodies. As if that was not enough, they were also pushed around and beaten by the guards who treated them worse than animals. Standing there, sick and freezing, Betsy said to Corrie that they needed to pray for these poor and sick women. Corrie said she agreed. It wasn’t until later that day that Corrie learned her sister was speaking of the prison guards who were torturing them. Corrie marveled that the amazing grace God had given her sister to love the very people who eventually killed her.
This book is an important book for Christians to read. The Hiding Place is a picture of Christians living out their faith in the most extreme of circumstances and God’s faithfulness through it all.