The Hiding Place


Corrie Ten Boom

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A young German and proud Nazi who briefly serves as Father’s apprentice, a few years before the war. During his time at the watch shop, Otto begins to abuse Christoffels with almost sociopathic violence, tripping him and even hitting him when he’s outside the safety of the Beje. Christoffels is too proud to tell Father, but when Otto smashes his nose Father discovers what’s been happening and fires Otto. Willem explains to the family that Otto’s behavior stems from the Nazi ethos, which denigrates the old and physically weak as “useless” to society. This episode is Corrie’s first encounter with Nazi intolerance.

Otto Quotes in The Hiding Place

The The Hiding Place quotes below are all either spoken by Otto or refer to Otto. 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.
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
Explanation and Analysis:
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Otto Character Timeline in The Hiding Place

The timeline below shows where the character Otto appears in The Hiding Place. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Watch Shop
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During this time, a young German watchmaker named Otto travels to be Father’s apprentice. He brags about being part of the Hitler Youth, constantly... (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 on account of his... (full context)
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One morning, Christoffels stumbles into the house with a bleeding cheek. Otto has shoved the older man in the street and pushed his face against a brick... (full context)
Storm Clouds Gather
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...knocks on the door. Corrie hears German spoken outside. She opens the door to reveal Otto, their former apprentice—except now he pushes his way inside the house, demanding to be called... (full context)
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When Otto bursts into the dining room, only Father and Betsie are sitting at the table. Corrie... (full context)