The Hiding Place


Corrie Ten Boom

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Jan Vogel Character Analysis

A Dutch collaborator with the Gestapo who helps expose several resistance organizations, including Corrie’s. During her time in the concentration camps, Corrie often feels uncontrollable anger when thinking about Vogel, but when she admits this to Betsie, her sister says that she pities his moral suffering and regularly prays for him. The sisters’ different reactions highlight Betsie’s extraordinary ability to forgive people who have harmed her, and informs the message of forgiveness and reconciliation that Corrie preaches after the war’s end.

Jan Vogel Quotes in The Hiding Place

The The Hiding Place quotes below are all either spoken by Jan Vogel or refer to Jan Vogel. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Chosen Books edition of The Hiding Place published in 1974.
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
Explanation and Analysis:
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Jan Vogel Character Timeline in The Hiding Place

The timeline below shows where the character Jan Vogel appears in The Hiding Place. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Moral Choices Theme Icon who asked Corrie for the bribe to free his wife is a Gestapo spy, Jan Vogel . Originally working in Ermelo, he became too well-known there and eventually moved to Haarlem. (full context)
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...and the life-saving work that has now ground to a halt. She feels that if Jan Vogel were to appear before her, she could kill him. That night she feels unable to... (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 to see that her... (full context)
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Forgiveness Theme Icon her bunk, feeling admiration for Betsie’s extraordinary compassion. Eventually, she realizes that she, like Jan Vogel , is guilty before God, having “murdered him with my heart and with my tongue.”... (full context)