Corrie’s older brother. The only one of her siblings to receive a university education, he attends seminary and becomes a pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church. He marries Tine, a family acquaintance, and has four children including Kik, who becomes an integral helper in Corrie’s underground network. As part of his ministry, Willem is assigned to proselytize to Haarlem’s Jews, but instead of worrying about conversions he founds a nursing home for elderly Jews. In this capacity, he’s the first family member to become aware of Germany’s persecution of its Jews; he’s also the first to start hiding Dutch Jews in his house, and provides Corrie with necessary contacts and advice when she starts sheltering fugitives as well. Arrested at the same time as Corrie, Willem is not sent to a concentration camp but released after several months; however, his health declines so much in prison that he dies months after the end of World War II.
Willem ten Boom Quotes in The Hiding Place
The The Hiding Place quotes below are all either spoken by Willem ten Boom or refer to Willem ten Boom. 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: 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.”
Willem ten Boom Character Timeline in The Hiding Place
The timeline below shows where the character Willem ten Boom appears in The Hiding Place. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The One Hundredth Birthday Party
...teenager, Corrie is attending one of Mama’s impromptu parties when she meets Karel, one of Willem’s friends from seminary. She takes one look at him and falls in love. She’s content... (full context)
The Watch Shop
...an 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... (full context)
The Secret Room
Storm Clouds Gather
Unsteadily, Corrie 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... (full context)
...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 there no... (full context)
The Three Visions