city is lovely to stroll with charming old buildings and a bustling
central market. However, my reason for visiting was to see the Corrie
Ten Boom Museum. Corrie and her family were active in protecting Jews
during World War II. Their courage saved many lives and inspired millions
more, but it also lead to their betrayal and arrest. Four of their
family members died in concentration camps, but Corrie survived the
experience to share her story and faith in many books as well as the
movie, "The Hiding Place".
A tour of the
house takes about an hour. It is a combination history lesson and
church sermon, but you learn a lot. You can actually step inside the
hiding place that was created in Corrie's bedroom. Her family was
never caught with Jews in the house. They were arrested because there
was a stash of too many ration cards, too many for just three people
living in the house, hidden away in a small compartment in the stairwell
The guide said
about 5% of the Dutch population were active in the Resistance and
about 5% of the Dutch were collaborators with the Nazis. That left
about 90% of the population that was too afraid to do anything. It
makes you wonder which of the groups you would be in.
hidden location for the extra ration cards
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