The Hiding Place


Corrie Ten Boom

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The S.S. guard Character Analysis

An unnamed man Corrie meets during a postwar speaking tour in Germany, whom she recognizes as a guard she and Betsie encountered at Ravensbruck. Remembering all the suffering Betsie endured there, Corrie feels as though she can’t shake the man’s hand and forgive him; but when she prays to Jesus for help, she feels a warm sensation and finds that her arm rises automatically. She interprets this episode as evidence that practicing forgiveness, even in difficult circumstances, brings one closer to the divine.
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The S.S. guard Character Timeline in The Hiding Place

The timeline below shows where the character The S.S. guard appears in The Hiding Place. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Three Visions
Forgiveness Theme Icon
At a church service in Munich, Corrie recognizes a former guard from Ravensbruck. Seeing him makes her remember all the indignity and suffering that she and... (full context)
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Corrie prays to Jesus for help forgiving the guard. Still, she can’t raise her hand. Again praying silently, she asks Jesus to “give Your... (full context)