The True Story of a Real-Life Hero
Corrie Ten Boom’s remarkable and inspirational story unfolds in The Hiding Place, where the harsh realities of life in Hitler’s Europe during WWII are documented.
The Young Reader’s Edition is an abridged version of The Hiding Place, and it includes illustrations and larger print than my full-length copy. After studying the Holocaust with my students, and reading Anne Frank’s Diary, we had the opportunity to meet and listen to the story of a real-life Holocaust survivor. This meeting had a lasting impact on me and my students. Corrie Ten Boom’s story is another opportunity for us to learn from a first-hand account of the horrors of WWII. This abridged version makes the story more attainable for my middle school students to read as well.
Reading stories like The Hiding Place is important for a deeper understanding of history that you cannot get from a textbook. The personal struggles and faith of Corrie and her family are beautifully conveyed in The Hiding Place–causing young readers to feel immersed in her world.
Corrie and her family hid Jews in a secret “hiding place” and saved hundreds of people from the Nazis. After being informed on, she and her family were arrested and sent to a concentration camp. Amazingly, Corrie survived and dedicated her life to helping war victims and sharing her Christian testimony. Even more remarkable than the story of her experiences was her ability to forgive her enemies–even personally encountering one of the SS guards from the camp:
I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself (p. 201).
The Hiding Place is an excellent starting point for learning Corrie’s story. In addition, the following resources have helped us learn more:
- Ten Boom Museum
- Corrie Ten Boom on Biography.com
- Corrie Ten Boom, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The publisher sent us a review copy of The Hiding Place, Young Reader’s Edition.