The Hiding Place

by

Corrie Ten Boom

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Corrie ten Boom Character Analysis

The novel’s protagonist and narrator, a middle-aged Dutch woman who turns her home into a hiding place for Jews during the Nazi occupation of Holland. Raised in an extremely religious family, Corrie remains a devout Christian throughout her life and devotes herself to fulfilling what she sees as God’s will. Prior to the war, Corrie sees Christianity as a mandate to accept personal misfortune as part of the divine plan and to orient her life around helping others. Accordingly, she doesn’t complain when the love of her life, Karel, spurns her to marry a wealthier woman; rather, she resigns herself to remaining single and devotes herself to running her family household and running religious programs for mentally disabled people. When Germany occupies Holland and begins to round up and deport Jews, Corrie immediately begins to shelter neighbors and family friends; her faith inspires her to help those in need, even though doing so entails serious risk. Although her enterprise is dangerous and stressful, it also brings out Corrie’s latent leadership qualities – she’s brave, able to find solutions to tricky problems, and good at maintaining morale and camaraderie among her family and the people they hide. Eventually, the Gestapo uncovers Corrie’s activities with the help of a Dutch spy, Jan Vogel; she and most of her family are arrested, but they refuse to give any information about the eight Jews hiding in their house and the fugitives are eventually able to escape. Corrie spends several months in solitary confinement before being sent to the concentration camps of Vught and Ravensbruck with her older sister Betsie. During this time Corrie is inspired and energized by Betsie’s exemplary fulfillment of Christian principles and ability to forgive their captors, and even the abusive concentration camp guards. At the same time, she derives a sense of purpose in caring for her older and physically weaker sister. While Betsie dies in Ravensbruck, Corrie is released without explanation soon after and returns to Haarlem shortly before the end of the war. After the war ends, Corrie founds and operates institutional homes both for recovering Holocaust survivors and socially-shunned Dutch collaborators. Eventually, she becomes well-known as a public speaker, and addresses diverse audiences about the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation after the Holocaust. In doing so, she feels she’s imparting the teachings she learned from Betsie in the concentration camps.

Corrie ten Boom Quotes in The Hiding Place

The The Hiding Place quotes below are all either spoken by Corrie ten Boom or refer to Corrie ten Boom. 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:
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The One Hundredth Birthday Party Quotes

Young and old, poor and rich, scholarly gentlemen and illiterate servant girls—only to Father did it seem that they were all alike. That was Father’s secret: not that he overlooked the differences in people; that he didn’t know they were there.

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker), Father / Casper ten Boom
Page Number: 29
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I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do.

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker)
Page Number: 31
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Full Table Quotes

After the briefest possible discussion of business, Father would draw a small Bible form his traveling case; the wholesaler […] would snatch a book or scroll out of a drawer, clap a prayer cap onto his head; and the two of them would be off, arguing, comparing, interpreting, contradiction—reveling in each other’s company.

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker), Father / Casper ten Boom
Related Symbols: The Bible
Page Number: 40
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Karel Quotes

God loves Karel—even more than you do—and if you ask Him, He will give you His love for this man, a love nothing can prevent, nothing destroy. Whenever we cannot love in the old, human way, Corrie, God can give us the perfect way.

Related Characters: Father / Casper ten Boom (speaker), Corrie ten Boom, Karel
Page Number: 60
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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.”

Related Characters: Willem ten Boom (speaker), Corrie ten Boom, Christoffels, Otto
Page Number: 75
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Invasion Quotes

And then, incredibly, Betsie began to pray for the Germans up there in the planes, caught in the fist of the giant evil loose in Germany [...] “Oh, Lord,” I whispered, “listen to Betsie, not me, because I cannot pray for these men at all.”

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker), Betsie ten Boom
Page Number: 79
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But if God has shown us bad times ahead, it’s enough for me that He knows about them. That’s why He sometimes shows us things, you know—to tell us that this too is in His hands.

Related Characters: Betsie ten Boom (speaker), Corrie ten Boom
Page Number: 80
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Some joined the NSB simply for the benefits: more food, more clothing coupons, the best jobs and housing. But others became NSBers out of conviction. Nazism was a disease to which the Dutch, too, were susceptible, and those with an anti-Semitic bias fell sick of it first.

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker)
Page Number: 84
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We knew, of course, that there was an underground in Holland […] but [the rumors] featured things we believed were wrong in the sight of God. Stealing, lying, murder. Was this what God wanted in times like these? How should a Christian act when evil was in power?

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker)
Page Number: 87
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The Secret Room Quotes

The man bent forward, his hand in spite of himself reaching for the tiny fist curled around the blanket. For a moment I saw compassion and fear struggle in his face. Then he straightened. “No. Definitely not. We could lose our lives for that Jewish child.”

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker), Betsie ten Boom
Page Number: 115
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Eusie Quotes

Love. How did one show it? How could God Himself show truth and love at the same time in a world like this?

By dying. The answer stood out for me sharper and chillier than it ever had before that night: the shape of a Cross etched on the history of the world.

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker), Nollie ten Boom/von Woerden
Page Number: 108
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Storm Clouds Gather Quotes

Each night we lighted one more candle as Eusie read the story of the Maccabees. Then we would sing, haunting, melancholy, desert music. We were all very Jewish those evenings.

Related Symbols: The Bible
Page Number: 134
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Scheveningen Quotes

Could it be part of the pattern first revealed in the Gospels? Hadn’t Jesus—and here my reading became intent indeed—hadn’t Jesus been defeated as utterly and unarguably as our little group and our small plans had been?

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Bible
Page Number: 164
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The Lieutenant Quotes

In the Bible I learned that God values us not for our strength or our brains but simply because He has made us. Who knows, in His eyes a half-wit may be worth more than a watchmaker. Or—a lieutenant.

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker), Lieutenant Rahms
Related Symbols: The Bible
Page Number: 173
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Vught Quotes

“Betsie, don’t you feel anything about Jan Vogel? Doesn’t it bother you?”

“Oh yes, Corrie! Terribly! I’ve felt for him ever since I knew—and pray for him whenever his name comes into my mind. How dreadfully he must be suffering!”

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker), Betsie ten Boom (speaker), Jan Vogel
Page Number: 192
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Ravensbruck Quotes

Life in Ravensbruck took place on two separate levels, mutually impossible. One, the observable, external life, grew every day more horrible. The other, the life we lived with God, grew daily better, truth upon truth, glory upon glory.

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Bible
Page Number: 206
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I had believed the Bible always, but reading it now had nothing to do with belief. It was simply a description of the way things were—of hell and heaven, of how men act and how God acts. I had read a thousand times the story of Jesus’ arrest—how soldiers had slapped Him, laughed at Him, flogged Him. Now such happenings had faces and voices.

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Bible
Page Number: 207
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“‘Give thanks in all circumstances,’” she quoted. “It doesn’t say, ‘in pleasant circumstances.’ Fleas are part of this place where God has put us.”

Related Characters: Betsie ten Boom (speaker), Corrie ten Boom
Related Symbols: The Bible
Page Number: 210
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And then we would hear the life-giving words passed back along the aisles in French, Polish, Russian, Czech, back into Dutch. They were little previews of heaven, these evenings beneath the light bulb. I would think of Haarlem, each substantial church set behind its wrought-iron fence and its barrier of doctrine. And I would know again that in darkness God’s truth shines most clear.

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Bible
Page Number: 213
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The Blue Sweater Quotes

The knitters of Barracks 28 became the praying heart of the vast diseased body that was Ravensbruck, interceding for all the camp—guards, under Betsie’s prodding, as well as prisoners. We prayed beyond the concrete walls for the healing of Germany, of Europe, of the world—as Mama had once done from the prison of a crippled body.

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker), Betsie ten Boom
Page Number: 222
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The Three Visions Quotes

When mention of the NSBers no longer brought a volley of self-righteous wrath, I knew the person’s healing was not far away. And the day he said, “These people you spoke of—I wonder if they’d care for some homegrown carrots,” then I knew the miracle had taken place.

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker)
Page Number: 247
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And so 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.

Related Characters: Corrie ten Boom (speaker)
Page Number: 248
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Corrie ten Boom Character Timeline in The Hiding Place

The timeline below shows where the character Corrie ten Boom appears in The Hiding Place. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The One Hundredth Birthday Party
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Corrie wakes up eagerly, wondering if it’s sunny or foggy outside her house, which she nicknames... (full context)
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Corrie hears the doorbell ring, although it’s still early in the morning. She carefully descends the... (full context)
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Betsie and Corrie carry the flowers into the shop, where Father displays his wares and performs complicated watch... (full context)
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Corrie goes upstairs to set out plates for breakfast. For her, the dining room is the... (full context)
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...Father carefully descends the stairs. He prays over the meal and then compliments Betsie and Corrie on the “new styles” they are wearing, saying their mother would have loved to see... (full context)
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Stepping back from the narrative, Corrie remarks that she could never have guessed, on that happy day, what lay in store... (full context)
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Betsie and Corrie are busy for the rest of the morning, finishing the cooking and greeting callers eager... (full context)
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Nollie gives Corrie the cups, promising to come herself when she’s finished baking cookies and her children have... (full context)
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...oblivious to practical concerns that he often forgets to send bills to his clients. It’s Corrie who keeps the business running, managing the books and creating window displays that attract customers. (full context)
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Still, Corrie wonders when Willem will arrive. Although they’re both grown up now, Corrie feels “a great... (full context)
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...and his job is to reach out to Jews and draw them to Christianity. However, Corrie has never seen him convert a single person. Instead, he’s built a nursing home for... (full context)
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As Corrie refills coffee cups, she asks some acquaintances if they think Germany will instigate a war.... (full context)
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...off his face, leaving a large wound. Willem introduces the man in German, then informs Corrie in Dutch that the man fled Munich yesterday after being attacked by a group of... (full context)
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Everyone is murmuring about this man’s misfortune, and Corrie hears someone predict that people who do such things will be punished, as “Germany is... (full context)
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As Corrie goes to bed, she feels gripped by memory. Childhood scenes flash before her, each one... (full context)
Full Table
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In a series of flashbacks, Corrie recalls several formative moments in her childhood. It’s 1898, and she’s preparing for her first... (full context)
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...space than anyone else in the family, but this has come to seem natural to Corrie. She’s always impressed by the commanding manner with which Tante Jans forces trolleys to stop... (full context)
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...hat to school; to her, all fashionable clothes come “from the stylebook of the devil.” Corrie says she should put it under her bonnet, but Nollie chides her for advocating dishonesty.... (full context)
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What Corrie does mind is the prospect of going to school. She doesn’t want to leave her... (full context)
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...reading. The text of today’s psalm reads, “Thou art my hiding place and my shield.” Corrie wonders what there could possibly be to hide from. (full context)
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After breakfast Betsie and Nollie hurry out the door, but Corrie lingers until Mama gently tells her to hurry up. Corrie announces bravely that she’s not... (full context)
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During the summer, Corrie accompanies Father on his weekly trips into Amsterdam, where he gets the precise time from... (full context)
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Afterwards, Father and Corrie watch the naval clock strike twelve; Father records the time on his pocket watch, so... (full context)
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Corrie remembers an expedition to see one of the poor families to whom Mama regularly provides... (full context)
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That night, Corrie starts sobbing as soon as it’s time to go to bed, wailing that she doesn’t... (full context)
Karel
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As a teenager, Corrie is attending one of Mama’s impromptu parties when she meets Karel, one of Willem’s friends... (full context)
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Two years later, Corrie and Nollie travel to Willem’s university to visit. His friends soon arrive at his apartment,... (full context)
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After graduating secondary school, Corrie takes over the work of the household. Her presence is especially important because Tante Bep... (full context)
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One day, Corrie brings up this thought with Mama, who herself is often sick and bedridden. Even so,... (full context)
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...be run to analyze Tante Jans’s blood sugar. To save the expense of doctor’s visits, Corrie learns to perform the test herself with the help of the doctor’s sister and nurse,... (full context)
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Two months after Willem’s ordination, he and Tine get married. Corrie is especially excited because she knows Karel will be there and see her in her... (full context)
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Months later, Corrie is devastated to see that Tante Jans’s weekly blood test has come out badly. Corrie... (full context)
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...days, including Karel. As soon as he arrives at Willem and Tine’s house, he takes Corrie on a long walk. This becomes their daily custom, and they discuss their future plans,... (full context)
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One morning, Willem corners Corrie and gently tells her that if Karel has implied that he’s serious about her, he’s... (full context)
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Soon after this, Karel returns to his own parish, but not before urgently pleading with Corrie to write him every day about events at the Beje. Corrie writes often, but his... (full context)
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After some time, Corrie hears Father climbing the stairs. She’s afraid he will comfort her with some platitude about... (full context)
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Listening to Father, Corrie doesn’t yet know that this advice will sustain her through far more drastic situations, in... (full context)
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For now, Corrie tries to get over her feelings for Karel “without giving up the joy and wonder... (full context)
The Watch Shop
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One morning, Corrie is washing the windows while Mama peels potatoes. Suddenly, she notices that the water has... (full context)
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...can’t knit or write letters. The only words she can say are “yes,” “no,” and “Corrie.” Whenever she wants to say something, Corrie has to guess what it is by asking... (full context)
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...people she knows from the window and, remembering a birthday or other special event, instructs Corrie to write a note. Even though she can’t express love as she’s done before—with food... (full context)
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...becomes engaged to a fellow student, Flip van Woerden. On the day of the wedding, Corrie is struck by how young and healthy Mama looks, despite all her ailments. As Nollie... (full context)
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Rather than feeling sad, Corrie is cheered up by this thought. At this moment, she knows that God has “accepted... (full context)
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...the final hymn, Mama suddenly starts singing perfectly, even though she hasn’t spoken for months. Corrie is deeply moved and hopes this is the beginning of Mama’s recovery, but she never... (full context)
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A month later, Betsie gets a nasty cold. While she’s in bed, Corrie takes over her duties in the watch shop. Frustrated by the lack of tidy records... (full context)
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On the other hand, Corrie finds a new sense of purpose in the shop. She enrolls in a watchmaking program... (full context)
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...who come to chat or seek advice from Father, who prays for guidance from God. Corrie tries to emulate Betsie’s habit of learning details about every visitor, and she’s happy when... (full context)
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Every day Father and Corrie take a walk at the same time, during the shop’s midday break. They always see... (full context)
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In particular, Corrie is struck by Otto’s “brusqueness” towards their employee Christoffels. She feels that he deserves respect... (full context)
Invasion
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...radio, saying that war will surely come and it’s wrong to give people false hope. Corrie is astonished to hear Father, always an optimist, say such a thing. (full context)
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That night Corrie wakes up to the sound of explosions. She finds Betsie and they pray together for... (full context)
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As she’s praying, Corrie has a strange dream. She’s in the large market and sees an old cart roll... (full context)
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...war. People take to walking in the streets more than usual, even Father. One morning, Corrie and Father are in a large crowd on a bridge when word comes that Holland... (full context)
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...Booms decide to keep one of theirs, which Peter resourcefully hides under the staircase. When Corrie turns in the other set, the German clerk asks if any of her family members... (full context)
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Many nights, Corrie lies awake listening to German planes flying west or even exchanging fire right over the... (full context)
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...with the membership, but some want to act on their latent anti-Semitism. On their walks, Corrie and Father see more and more signs barring Jews from restaurants and public places. They... (full context)
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...takes over his apartment. Sometimes arrests even take place in public. One day Father and Corrie see German soldiers piling several Jewish families into trucks in the middle of the market.... (full context)
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Father, Betsie, and Corrie begin to discuss what they can do to help Jewish friends. Already Willem is finding... (full context)
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Corrie hurries out to Willem’s house, where she finds Tine and their adult son Kik and... (full context)
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A month later, Father and Corrie are on their usual walk when they spot The Bulldog—except he’s no longer accompanied by... (full context)
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Corrie reflects that during this time it’s the “small, almost unconscious” episodes that mark “a turning... (full context)
The Secret Room
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Corrie is caught up in the emotion, but afterwards she’s angry with Peter for risking his... (full context)
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...again: an elderly couple arrives at the house, clutching their few possessions and seeking sanctuary. Corrie knows she needs to find a permanent place for these people, somewhere safer than the... (full context)
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Corrie visits Willem to ask for advice. He seems stressed and tired, and his beard is... (full context)
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Corrie asks Willem if he can help her get three ration cards, but he says he’s... (full context)
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Praying that Fred won’t turn her in, Corrie visits him one night and tells him gravely that there are three Jews staying at... (full context)
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...well as a “continuing coupon” from each one that will allow him to legally issue Corrie replacements. They arrange that he will make this delivery every month, dressed up as a... (full context)
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...to deliver their babies, and Jews who die in hiding must be buried. Willem encourages Corrie to find her own resources, but she realizes she already has them because she’s already... (full context)
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One night the doorbell rings and Corrie runs downstairs, expecting another refugee. Instead, it’s Willem’s son Kik; he tells her to get... (full context)
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...her around the room making introductions, referring to each person as “Mr. or Mrs. Smit,” Corrie realizes that she’s at a meeting of the national underground. She learns that most of... (full context)
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One man, a well-known architect, informs Corrie that he will pay her a visit and construct a secret room in her house,... (full context)
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...ascertain if this man is related to any of the other Smits he knows, and Corrie has to explain with difficulty that this isn’t the man’s real name. Mr. Smit approves... (full context)
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...workmen come to the Beje without warning, carrying hidden tools and materials. Six days later, Corrie finally gets to see the finished product—Mr. Smit has not only created a false wall,... (full context)
Eusie
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...place by arranging her kitchen table over a trap door in the basement. One night, Corrie, Father and Betsie are visiting for Flip’s birthday when the children run inside, saying that... (full context)
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...dressed as a maid. The soldier asks Nollie’s young daughter where her brother is, and Corrie holds her breath, knowing that the children have been taught not to lie and can’t... (full context)
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...issue of lying. Nollie says that her daughter did the right thing, but Peter and Corrie think they are being impractical and even illogical; after all, if one speaks the truth... (full context)
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At the end of the night, Corrie is still confused, wondering how even God could “show truth and love at the same... (full context)
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...time goes on, it becomes harder and harder to find safe houses in the country. Corrie knows she has to start hiding people in the city, even though it’s not very... (full context)
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As spring slowly arrives, Cato arrives one night at the Beje. Tearfully, she tells Corrie that Harry has been arrested. The night before, a group of the young men “went... (full context)
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That Friday, Rolf van Vliet visits the shop again. Hurriedly, he tells Corrie that Harry will be taken to Amsterdam the next day, and Cato should come to... (full context)
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That night the family debates taking Rolf into the operation. Corrie assigns one of the teenagers working for her as a messenger to figure out where... (full context)
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The next day the cleaning woman meets with Corrie at the shop, and that evening Corrie listens to her messengers’ reports and decides on... (full context)
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In this fashion, Corrie continues her work, solving each problem as it comes up. Pickwick sends someone to install... (full context)
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One June night, Corrie takes in a young Jewish woman and her newborn baby—an especially dangerous fugitive, as it’s... (full context)
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Hoping to change his mind, Corrie runs upstairs and fetches the tiny baby, returning him and placing him in the clergyman’s... (full context)
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Without the clergyman’s help, Corrie has to accept a flawed solution, hiding the woman in a safe house that has... (full context)
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In order to communicate by phone, Corrie and her workers develop a secret code, referring to fugitives as watches. For example, when... (full context)
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One day, Corrie gets a call just like this, and tells the caller to “send the watch over.”... (full context)
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Corrie brings Meyer upstairs, where he immediately bonds with Father, whom he jokingly calls “one of... (full context)
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Corrie realizes that Meyer will probably have to stay at the Beje permanently, as they’re unlikely... (full context)
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...makes an especially important contribution by building an electric warning system, which Pickwick has encouraged Corrie to acquire—something that will alert the whole household in the event of an unfriendly visitor... (full context)
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To be more prepared, Corrie starts running drills to prepare the household, to see how quickly everyone can get to... (full context)
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By the fifth drill, they’ve reduced their time to two minutes. Meanwhile, Corrie, Toos, and Father develop stalling techniques they can use if the Gestapo come into the... (full context)
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...for her to reach the secret room quickly and she wheezes loudly from her asthma. Corrie calls a meeting to address this issue. Eusie emphatically voices his support for Mary to... (full context)
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...Italian from Meta. Because electricity is so limited, in the evenings one person pedals on Corrie’s bicycle to power up the headlight while another uses the light to read aloud history... (full context)
Storm Clouds Gather
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Corrie jumps on her bike and pedals over to Nollie’s house. Everything looks normal outside, but... (full context)
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The cleaning woman at the jail, whose son Corrie has previously helped, helps them keep in touch with Nollie. She smuggles food and the... (full context)
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Six days later, Pickwick calls and summons Corrie to his house. He tells her that Annaliese is free, having been liberated with forty... (full context)
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...Pickwick knows a sympathetic German doctor who sometimes can arrange a medical discharge for people. Corrie travels to see him, wondering how she can ingratiate herself with this man. When she... (full context)
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Corrie tells the doctor that Nollie isn’t physically strong, and emphasizes that she’s the mother of... (full context)
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During the weeks of waiting, Corrie is serving lunch to seventeen people at the Beje when one guest notices someone looking... (full context)
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The group starts running another kind of drill to test Corrie’s ability to handle the Gestapo. Over and over, Henk, Leendert, Rolf, and her nephews wake... (full context)
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One night everyone is sitting around after dinner when someone knocks on the door. Corrie hears German spoken outside. She opens the door to reveal Otto, their former apprentice—except now... (full context)
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...Otto bursts into the dining room, only Father and Betsie are sitting at the table. Corrie herself can barely believe that twelve people were gathered here only minutes before. Otto sits... (full context)
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...home. She’s been released and is waiting at the Amsterdam train station with no money. Corrie gathers Flip and the children, and they hurry onto the next train to Amsterdam; at... (full context)
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...traditional songs. On the fifth night, a kindly neighbor knocks on the door and asks Corrie if “your Jews could sing a little more softly.” The family is touched to know... (full context)
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One morning Toos brings a letter to Corrie from the chief of police, ordering her to report to his office that afternoon. She... (full context)
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However, when Corrie arrives, the chief of police says that he knows about her work and sympathizes with... (full context)
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Carefully, Corrie says that her role is “to save life, not destroy it.” She can’t help him,... (full context)
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Now it’s clear that their work is becoming less and less secret. Corrie knows she should curtail her operation, but to do so would jeopardize hundreds of people.... (full context)
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Corrie, Father, and Betsie stay up praying long after everyone has gone to sleep. In spite... (full context)
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Corrie comes down with the flu. She feels terrible and disoriented, and everything is aggravated by... (full context)
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Unsteadily, Corrie gets dressed and goes downstairs. In the front rooms people are gathering for Willem’s service.... (full context)
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Something about the man’s urgent demeanor gives Corrie a bad feeling, but she knows she has to help him in his hour of... (full context)
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Corrie wakes up at night to the sound of the buzzer. At first she thinks it’s... (full context)
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The officer asks Corrie where she’s hiding the Jews, but she pretends to be sleepy and confused as to... (full context)
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According to the officer’s information, Corrie is “the leader of the whole outfit.” He pushes her into the shop and asks... (full context)
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Corrie sees that the other officer has placed the Alpina sign back in the window. He’s... (full context)
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Betsie reappears with a huge bruise in her cheek. As Corrie cries over her injuries, she says that she feels sorry for the officer. Hearing this,... (full context)
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...room will starve to death or come outside. He orders everyone to get their coats. Corrie is saddened to see Willem, Nollie, and Peter emerge from another room, caught up in... (full context)
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The family is marched to the nearby police station, through the doors where Corrie last saw Harry de Vries into a large gymnasium. For hours they sit on the... (full context)
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When the officer goes out of earshot, Corrie hisses that they must all settle on a cohesive story, but Peter silences her with... (full context)
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...is able to recite perfectly. He quotes the same psalm about the “hiding place” that Corrie remembers from her childhood. (full context)
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...Recognizing Father, they cry out in horror at the idea of him going to prison. Corrie sees officers hauling Pickwick, who is covered in bruises and dried blood, onto the bus.... (full context)
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Everyone stands in line for hours, waiting to be questioned. Corrie sees the police beating a Jewish man who is clinging to the bag he’s brought... (full context)
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...wall, and then the women prisoners are led away. Looking back towards her male relatives, Corrie cries out to Father, “God be with you!” He echoes her farewell calmly. (full context)
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...guards and forced to give up all their valuables, then placed in different shared cells. Corrie is separated from Betsie and Nollie and put in a room with strangers. Because she... (full context)
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Corrie doesn’t believe she can sleep, but the next thing she knows, it’s morning and guards... (full context)
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...even thinking about life outside prison, in order to keep themselves from going crazy. But Corrie can’t stop herself from worrying about her family and friends. (full context)
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For days Corrie tosses with fever and coughs up blood. Two weeks after her arrival, the warden summons... (full context)
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When Corrie finally sees the doctor, he diagnoses her with pre-tubercular pleurisy, saying that he hopes he’s... (full context)
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Two days later, a guard appears suddenly and snaps at Corrie to collect her things, warning her not to talk or ask questions. She thinks she’s... (full context)
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This same guard often taunts Corrie from outside the cell, criticizing her for lying in bed all day and mockingly calling... (full context)
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As Corrie’s health returns, she becomes a little calmer and less despairing. She spends hours looking out... (full context)
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Two days later, Corrie gets her first shower. Even though the women are still prohibited from talking, it’s incredible... (full context)
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One afternoon, Corrie suddenly hears all the prisoners shouting to each other through the walls. She wonders how... (full context)
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A week later Nollie manages to get a package to Corrie. Inside is her blue sweater, cookies, vitamins, a needle, and a red towel. She immediately... (full context)
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Now that she has the needle, Corrie has been entertaining herself by pulling threads from the red towel and embroidering on her... (full context)
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Corrie starts sobbing and begs for a passing guard to talk to her. The guard, barely... (full context)
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Corrie takes comfort from her faith that Father is now with Jesus. She scratches down the... (full context)
The Lieutenant
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One day, Corrie is taken to a “hearing”—she’s led outside of the prison to a cheerful cottage with... (full context)
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When the Lieutenant asks about Corrie’s “other activities,” meaning hiding Jews, she feigns ignorance and embarks on a long explanation of... (full context)
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Carefully, Corrie explains to Lieutenant Rahms that God cares about people “simply because he has made us,”... (full context)
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However, in the morning Lieutenant Rahms himself comes to Corrie’s cell and brings her to his office. He asks her to tell him about the... (full context)
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For two more days Corrie meets with the Lieutenant, who mostly wants to hear about her childhood and religious faith.... (full context)
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At their last meeting, the Lieutenant asks Corrie to explain the divine meaning of suffering. He asks her what kind of God would... (full context)
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Following his instructions, Corrie sees Betsie’s cell, which is much neater and more cheerful than the others, with food... (full context)
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...the official reading of Father’s will, for which all family members must be present. Stunned, Corrie walks into his office to be embraced by Willem, Nollie, and Betsie for the first... (full context)
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One morning, the order comes to gather all possessions and get ready to evacuate. Corrie knows that the Allies must be getting closer to Holland and feels cheered up. She... (full context)
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As they march out of the prison, Corrie looks everywhere for Betsie, but doesn’t see her. She’s loaded onto a bus that stops... (full context)
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At some point, the train starts moving; Corrie sees by the signs that they are moving towards southern Holland, rather than Germany, and... (full context)
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After two weeks Betsie, Corrie, and some other women are separated from the group during morning roll call. They are... (full context)
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All day, Betsie and Corrie wait in various lines in the administrative buildings, anticipating imminent freedom. Corrie’s watch and ring,... (full context)
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...lockers. One prisoner is removed as they watch, alive but unconscious and unable to move. Corrie feels that this cruelty is impossible to understand, and she prays that God will “carry... (full context)
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Inside Vught, they again have to wait in long lines to be processed again. Corrie wails impatiently to Betsie, but her sister placidly replies that this is the best possible... (full context)
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...is assigned to sew prison uniforms with the other elderly and sick women. Looking stronger, Corrie is assigned to the factory outside the camp grounds, which manufactures radios. Corrie sits obediently... (full context)
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...knitting, books, paper, and biscuits. People visit their friends across the room and others pump Corrie for information about the world outside Vught. Eventually the foreman ushers them back to their... (full context)
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Corrie is very interested in the mechanics of radio construction; finding out that she’s a trained... (full context)
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When Corrie works too diligently on her task, the foreman tells her to slow down, lest their... (full context)
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After lunch, the workers are allowed to walk outside the factory for half an hour. Corrie usually sleeps on the warm ground, dreaming of happier summers at home. At the end... (full context)
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Knowing the identity of their betrayer makes Corrie furious. She imagines Father spending his last hours alone, and the life-saving work that has... (full context)
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All week Corrie feels sick over Jan Vogel’s betrayal. However, when she discusses this with Betsie, she’s astonished... (full context)
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Corrie lies awake in her bunk, feeling admiration for Betsie’s extraordinary compassion. Eventually, she realizes that... (full context)
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...and gets pushed earlier for each minor infraction. However, while standing outside with aching legs, Corrie sees the beautiful dawn break over the wide sky, holding Betsie’s hand in “awe.” (full context)
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Corrie is also thankful to be reunited with other women, but she realizes that she takes... (full context)
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Corrie hopes that she and Betsie might be released in September, as six months is the... (full context)
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...more and more common. One night the prisoners wake up to explosions in the sky. Corrie and Betsie are already planning to return to the Beje and clean it up, but... (full context)
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The next morning, the women are ordered to pack up their possessions. Corrie and Betsie gather their toothbrushes, needles, a small bottle of vitamin oil, Nollie’s sweater, and... (full context)
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After hours of waiting, the train begins to move slowly and jerkily. Corrie sits with Betsie’s head in her lap; her sister’s forehead feels feverish. At one point... (full context)
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...realize with horror that this is Ravensbruck, the “notorious women’s extermination camp.” As they approach, Corrie thinks about the Bible concealed inside her clothes. It seems unimaginable that God designed his... (full context)
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...swinging their whips. The guards prod them to a large canvas tent, covered with straw. Corrie sinks down, but immediately realizes that the straw is covered with lice. Still, there’s nowhere... (full context)
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...day and sleep in the mud. Betsie develops a harsh cough and intestinal cramps, which Corrie tries to soothe by wrapping her in Nollie’s sweater and feeding her drops of vitamin... (full context)
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Corrie knows that Betsie needs the vitamin oil, and she desperately wants to save her Bible.... (full context)
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Corrie worries that the Bible is visible under her dress, but she decides to trust in... (full context)
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...call, during which they can hear screams of the prisoners in the nearby punishment barracks. Corrie feels that nothing makes sense, that there is too much suffering to understand. However, she... (full context)
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Corrie has always believed in the Bible, but reading it now she feels she doesn’t even... (full context)
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Eventually, the prisoners are moved from temporary barracks to permanent ones. Corrie hopes that the move will bring a better quality of life—maybe even a nurse to... (full context)
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Corrie discovers the bunks are infested with fleas and asks Betsie how they can possibly live... (full context)
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As Corrie tries to sleep, a group of women are slapping each other in a dispute as... (full context)
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...square outside the barracks. Everyone is assigned to work crews, and for weeks Betsie and Corrie work in a Siemans factory just outside the camp, doing miserably hard labor that leaves... (full context)
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...they line up for their meager dinner and return to the barracks, where Betsie and Corrie lead a nightly prayer service. Each night women from different Christian denominations share hymns, chants,... (full context)
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...is especially astounding because Betsie is sharing it with many of the other women, although Corrie is always tempted to hoard it and prioritize her sister’s health. Betsie compares this to... (full context)
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...brings a sack of yeast compound, which can function as a vitamin, to the barracks. Corrie decides to save the yeast until the bottle is finally empty, but that night it... (full context)
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As winter approaches all the prisoners are issued coats, and Betsie and Corrie are transferred to another work crew, digging up the ground outside the camp wall. This... (full context)
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...to cough up blood, but her fever is too low for admittance into the hospital. Corrie hates going to the hospital ward, which is full of the sickest and most suffering... (full context)
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At last, Betsie’s fever becomes high enough and she’s admitted into the hospital. Reluctantly, Corrie leaves her there and goes back to the barracks, where other women are conducting the... (full context)
The Blue Sweater
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Corrie is not allowed to visit the hospital, but a few days later she sneaks in... (full context)
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One day, Betsie is waiting for Corrie when she returns home from her day’s shift, looking pleased and excited. She’s found out... (full context)
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...herself, and a particularly vicious guard, nicknamed The Snake, starts beating her. Whispering to Betsie, Corrie wonders aloud if they can open a home after the war to help traumatized people... (full context)
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Soon after, Corrie is ordered to a medical inspection. She’s pronounced healthy enough for transfer to a munitions... (full context)
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Since Corrie’s entire work crew has been disbanded, the guards assign her to the knitting crew. She’s... (full context)
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During this time, Corrie feels that God is speaking to her about her purpose after the war. Betsie wants... (full context)
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One morning during roll call, Corrie sees hospital nurses loading patients into a truck. She’s known for a long time that... (full context)
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As winter approaches, cold becomes a constant concern and Corrie feels “the temptation to think only of oneself” grow stronger. For example, she knows that... (full context)
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As a result, Corrie feels that her prayers have become less sincere and meaningless. However, one day she reads... (full context)
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...and stiff to walk. One day Betsie wakes up unable to move at all, and Corrie has to carry her to roll call. The next day, Corrie begs the Snake, the... (full context)
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Corrie walks with Betsie to the hospital. Betsie urgently says that Corrie must keep telling people... (full context)
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At noon, Corrie asks the Snake for a pass and visits Betsie briefly. However, she can’t go again... (full context)
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In shock, Corrie walks aimlessly away from the hospital. After a while, the girl who once brought the... (full context)
The Three Visions
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This miracle helps sustain Corrie through her grief over her sister. Several days later, she’s called aside during roll call.... (full context)
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Corrie is taken to a dismal ward of the hospital, crammed among sick and filthy women.... (full context)
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Corrie becomes accustomed to distributing the bedpans, but one night two women hide them under their... (full context)
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The next morning, Corrie is pronounced fit to leave. She’s given an outfit of regular clothes and the valuables... (full context)
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After a long and confusing trip, Corrie arrives at a bombed-out station in Berlin. Just as Betsie said, it’s New Year’s Day.... (full context)
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At Groningen, a Dutch city near the border, Corrie finally disembarks the train and stumbles to the nearest hospital. A kindly nurse takes her... (full context)
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Corrie stays at the hospital for ten days, well taken care of by the nurses. The... (full context)
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There’s a ban on travel within Holland, but the hospital arranges for Corrie to get a ride south on a food truck. She arrives at Willem’s house at... (full context)
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Corrie spends several days in Willem’s house, which is full of elderly people and young men... (full context)
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When Corrie finally arrives at the Beje, she finds Nollie and her daughters cleaning it thoroughly. With... (full context)
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In some ways, Corrie slips back into her old life—she repairs watches in the morning and bicycles to Nollie’s... (full context)
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Still, Corrie is often restless. She feels that Betsie’s presence is necessary for the Beje to truly... (full context)
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That afternoon, Corrie remembers Betsie’s final injunction to “tell people…what we learned.” She decides that this is God’s... (full context)
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Two weeks later, Corrie goes to visit the house. It seems just like the place that Betsie described, down... (full context)
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...May, the Allies recapture Holland. Hundreds of people start making their way to the home Corrie has organized. Some of them, like Mrs. Kan (whose husband has died) are former acquaintances.... (full context)
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Corrie wants to invite these people to the home as well, but doing so always causes... (full context)
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Corrie feels rewarded to see people gradually overcoming their trauma. As Betsie had imagined, they often... (full context)
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Corrie also works as a public speaker, partly to generate funds for the home and partly... (full context)
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At a church service in Munich, Corrie recognizes a former guard from Ravensbruck. Seeing him makes her remember all the indignity and... (full context)
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Corrie prays to Jesus for help forgiving the guard. Still, she can’t raise her hand. Again... (full context)
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Corrie is particularly compelled by families living in abandoned factories, due to the housing shortage. During... (full context)