Nollie’s son, one of Corrie’s oldest nephews, and her personal favorite. Peter is an exceptionally gifted musician as well as an impetuous idealist: the organist at his church, Peter breaks the law by playing the Dutch national anthem after it’s been outlawed by the Nazis. As a result, he’s briefly imprisoned by the Gestapo. Upon his release, he becomes an important member of Corrie’s operation, working as a “runner” to ferry supplies and news between different safe houses. Arrested at the same time as Corrie and his parents, he is eventually released and spends the rest of the war in Haarlem.
Peter von Woerden Character Timeline in The Hiding Place
The timeline below shows where the character Peter 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
...finished baking cookies and her children have arrived home. She reassures Corrie that she’s bringing Peter, her musically gifted son and Corrie’s unofficial favorite nephew. When Corrie returns, the Beje is... (full context)
The Watch Shop
...old cart roll across the square. She herself is inside it, alongside Father, Betsie, Willem, Peter, and family friends like Pickwick and Toos. She feels that they should get off the... (full context)
The Secret Room
...singing the Wilhelmus, the Dutch national anthem. One Sunday, the family visits a church where Peter has been hired as organist. At the end of the service, Peter proudly and suddenly... (full context)
...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 strange man tells Corrie that his wife... (full context)
...out of earshot, Corrie hisses that they must all settle on a cohesive story, but Peter silences her with a frown, whispering that the watchmaker currently talking with Father is a... (full context)
...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 Father is... (full context)