The Hiding Place


Corrie Ten Boom

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A Dutch policeman and, prior to the war, a distant family acquaintance. During the occupation Corrie initially distrusts him because he works at the jail where Jews and other prisoners are held. However, after he risks his job to give her information about the imprisoned Harry de Vries, she recruits him into her organization. Rolf provides critical information about the movements of the Dutch police and Gestapo, and after Corrie and her family are arrested, he makes sure that the Jews hiding in her house escape safely.
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Rolf van Vliet Character Timeline in The Hiding Place

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That Friday, Rolf van Vliet visits the shop again. Hurriedly, he tells Corrie that Harry will be taken... (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... (full context)
Storm Clouds Gather
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...of drill to test Corrie’s ability to handle the Gestapo. Over and over, Henk, Leendert, Rolf, and her nephews wake her up in the middle of the night, shining lights in... (full context)
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The first strike comes to Jop, the apprentice. One afternoon Rolf arrives with information that an underground house will be searched that night. Jop volunteers to... (full context)
The Lieutenant
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Willem quietly relays the information that Rolf and another underground police officer helped the Jews escape from the Beje while they were... (full context)
The Three Visions
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...grasping at the sense of purpose. However, when she gets to the jail and sees Rolf, she starts to greet him as an old friend before realizing that doing so puts... (full context)