An elderly employee of the watch shop. Once an itinerant clock mender, Christoffels settles down in Father’s employ now that his trade is out of fashion and becomes a beloved member of the family. Because he is elderly, physically weak, and relatively powerless, Christoffels is mistreated by a young German apprentice, Otto, whom Father eventually fires. This episode forms Corrie’s first awareness of Nazi Germany’s persecution of vulnerable people.
Christoffels Quotes in The Hiding Place
The The Hiding Place quotes below are all either spoken by Christoffels or refer to Christoffels. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Chosen Books edition of The Hiding Place published in 1974.).
The Watch Shop Quotes
Willem shook his head. “It’s very deliberate,” he said. “It’s because Christoffels is old. The old have no value to the State. They’re also harder to train in new ways of thinking. Germany is systematically teaching disrespect for old age.”
Christoffels Character Timeline in The Hiding Place
The timeline below shows where the character Christoffels appears in The Hiding Place. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The One Hundredth Birthday Party
...Hans and Toos come upstairs for the daily Bible reading. However, Father doesn’t begin as Christoffels is still absent. Christoffels is an old and “wizened” man, who looked like a beggar... (full context)
The Watch Shop