The Hiding Place

by

Corrie Ten Boom

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Nollie ten Boom/von Woerden Character Analysis

Corrie’s older sister. As a child, Corrie frequently contrasts Nollie’s composure and physical poise to her own shy nature and plain looks; however, she admires her sister’s attributes rather than resenting them. Since girls cannot win university scholarships and the family can’t afford tuition, Nollie attends a teacher training program, where she meets her husband, Flip von Woerden. Nollie and Flip live close to the Beje and have several children, including Corrie’s favorite nephew, Peter. During the occupation, Corrie enlists Nollie into hiding several Jews in her house. Eventually, Nollie’s activities are discovered and she is arrested and held in prison for several weeks before Corrie manages to get her medically discharged. She is detained a second time when the Gestapo arrests Corrie and the rest of the family, but she is released in Haarlem, rather than being sent to a concentration camp.

Nollie ten Boom/von Woerden Quotes in The Hiding Place

The The Hiding Place quotes below are all either spoken by Nollie ten Boom/von Woerden or refer to Nollie ten Boom/von Woerden. 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.
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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Nollie ten Boom/von Woerden Character Timeline in The Hiding Place

The timeline below shows where the character Nollie ten Boom/von Woerden 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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...meal, but now only Father, Corrie, and Betsie use it. Her older siblings, Willem and Nollie, have married and left home, and Mama and her aunts are dead. Father has welcomed... (full context)
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...eager to congratulate Father. Running out of cups, Betsie sends Corrie to ask their sister Nollie for hers. She changes into an old dress and zips through the city on her... (full context)
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Nollie gives Corrie the cups, promising to come herself when she’s finished baking cookies and her... (full context)
Full Table
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...scolds her for wearing torn stockings and rummages around for a more presentable outfit. Meanwhile, Nollie declares that she won’t wear the ugly hat Tante Jans has bought her. Instead, she... (full context)
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Nollie knows that Tante Jans will protest if she wears the fur hat to school; to... (full context)
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Suddenly, Tante Jans notices Nollie’s hat and begins to criticize it. Quickly, Mama wonders aloud if the cheese is spoiled.... (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.... (full context)
Karel
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...to notice her. A plain and shy girl, she’s used to being ignored, while graceful Nollie receives all the male attention. (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, Karel among... (full context)
The Watch Shop
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While attending teaching school, Nollie meets and becomes engaged to a fellow student, Flip van Woerden. On the day of... (full context)
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In the 1920s, the ten Booms take in a series of foster children. Meanwhile, Nollie and Willem are having their own children, so the Beje is full of young people.... (full context)
The Secret Room
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...afterwards she’s angry with Peter for risking his safety and that of his family. Already, Nollie and Flip are hiding two Jewish women in their house, and Peter’s actions increase the... (full context)
Eusie
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...or even their homes and deporting them to munitions factories, which are short on labor. Nollie has created a hiding place by arranging her kitchen table over a trap door in... (full context)
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...not to see any. The situation is especially tense because one of the Jews that Nollie is hiding is standing right there, dressed as a maid. The soldier asks Nollie’s young... (full context)
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That evening, the family debates the issue of lying. Nollie says that her daughter did the right thing, but Peter and Corrie think they are... (full context)
Storm Clouds Gather
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...outside the window. Looking out, she realizes it’s Katrien, one of the women hiding at Nollie’s house. In tears, Katrien wails that the Gestapo came to the house, where Nollie and... (full context)
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Corrie jumps on her bike and pedals over to Nollie’s house. Everything looks normal outside, but a moment later Nollie and Annaliese appear, dragged by... (full context)
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...at the jail, whose son Corrie has previously helped, helps them keep in touch with Nollie. She smuggles food and the blue sweater Nollie has requested, and reports that she is... (full context)
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...Jews during a rescue at the Amsterdam prison. Corrie is astonished and grateful, wondering how Nollie had been so sure that this would happen. (full context)
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Nollie herself is transferred to another prison in Amsterdam, but Pickwick knows a sympathetic German doctor... (full context)
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Corrie tells the doctor that Nollie isn’t physically strong, and emphasizes that she’s the mother of six children who need her... (full context)
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In October, Nollie suddenly calls home. She’s been released and is waiting at the Amsterdam train station with... (full context)
The Raid
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...gets dressed and goes downstairs. In the front rooms people are gathering for Willem’s service. Nollie is passing around makeshift coffee and Peter is playing the piano. At the door, the... (full context)
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...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 the raid as well. Father insists... (full context)
Scheveningen
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...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 is sick, they women give her... (full context)
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...news to return to her. Eventually, she finds that while Betsie is still in prison, Nollie, Toos, Peter, Pickwick, Willem, and everyone else from the raid has been released. Only about... (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... (full context)
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...and embroidering on her pajamas. Suddenly, a letter is thrust under the door. It’s from Nollie and it delivers the news that Father is dead, having survived his arrest only ten... (full context)
The Lieutenant
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...members must be present. Stunned, Corrie walks into his office to be embraced by Willem, Nollie, and Betsie for the first time in months. Willem says that Kik has been arrested... (full context)
Vught
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...their possessions. Corrie and Betsie gather their toothbrushes, needles, a small bottle of vitamin oil, Nollie’s sweater, and the Bible. They’re given blankets and marched away from the camp at a... (full context)
Ravensbruck
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...a harsh cough and intestinal cramps, which Corrie tries to soothe by wrapping her in Nollie’s sweater and feeding her drops of vitamin oil. However, when they’re finally taken inside for... (full context)
The Three Visions
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When Corrie finally arrives at the Beje, she finds Nollie and her daughters cleaning it thoroughly. With her sister and Toos she walks through the... (full context)
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...Corrie slips back into her old life—she repairs watches in the morning and bicycles to Nollie’s house in the afternoon. At the same time, she feels that something is missing, and... (full context)