The Hiding Place

by

Corrie Ten Boom

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Beje Term Analysis

The Dutch word for the particular kind of tall and narrow house in which Corrie lives. It’s also Corrie’s affectionate nickname for her home.
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Beje Term Timeline in The Hiding Place

The timeline below shows where the term Beje appears in The Hiding Place. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The One Hundredth Birthday Party
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...up eagerly, wondering if it’s sunny or foggy outside her house, which she nicknames the Beje. She puts on her new maroon dress; she feels that she looks nice in the... (full context)
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...and her aunts are dead. Father has welcomed a stream of foster children into the Beje, but they too have grown up and moved away. (full context)
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...bringing Peter, her musically gifted son and Corrie’s unofficial favorite nephew. When Corrie returns, the Beje is even more crowded—the mayor of Haarlem is there, as well as the postman and... (full context)
Full Table
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...This has complicated household arrangements, as Mama’s other two sisters are already living in the Beje. Tante Jans spends all day in her room writing “flaming Christian tracts” for which she’s... (full context)
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In the evenings, guests frequently visit the Beje, bringing instruments and performing impromptu concerts. When there’s an official concert, the family, too poor... (full context)
Karel
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...not before urgently pleading with Corrie to write him every day about events at the Beje. Corrie writes often, but his letters arrive infrequently. One afternoon months later, Karel visits the... (full context)
The Watch Shop
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...who has pernicious anemia and has vowed to remain single, she will remain at the Beje her entire life. (full context)
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...series of foster children. Meanwhile, Nollie and Willem are having their own children, so the Beje is full of young people. Nollie’s son Peter especially spends a lot of time there,... (full context)
Invasion
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...one morning in 1941, when she sees a group of German soldiers march by the Beje and demolish Weil’s furriers, across the street. Corrie and Betsie rush outside to help Mr.... (full context)
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...gives them the Amsterdam address of Mrs. Weil’s sister. That night, Kik comes to the Beje just before curfew and leads Mr. Weil away. Weeks later, when Corrie asks Kik what... (full context)
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...them after dark. Soon, Harry and his non-Jewish wife Cato are regular visitors at the Beje. Harry converted to Christianity years earlier, but he still embraces his Jewish identity, calling himself... (full context)
The Secret Room
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...as Corrie begins to stop worrying about him, one of Peter’s siblings bursts into the Beje and announces that the Gestapo has taken Peter to the federal prison in Amsterdam. (full context)
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A few weeks later, a stranger arrives at the Beje in the evening. She introduces herself as Mrs. Kleermaker, a Jew. Her husband was arrested... (full context)
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...knows she needs to find a permanent place for these people, somewhere safer than the Beje, which is a block away from the police headquarters. (full context)
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A week later, Fred arrives at the Beje. He has two black eyes from the “burglary.” He brings with him the hundred cards,... (full context)
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...Mr. Smit approves of the hiding place for the ration cards; as he surveys the Beje’s oddly placed stairs and crooked walls, he laughs—its haphazard construction means that installing a secret... (full context)
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Over the next few days, workmen come to the Beje without warning, carrying hidden tools and materials. Six days later, Corrie finally gets to see... (full context)
Eusie
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As spring slowly arrives, Cato arrives one night at the Beje. Tearfully, she tells Corrie that Harry has been arrested. The night before, a group of... (full context)
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...someone to install a clandestine telephone in the house, which is incredibly useful—by now the Beje is headquarters to an operation of eighty people, but they have to limit traffic in... (full context)
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Corrie realizes that Meyer will probably have to stay at the Beje permanently, as they’re unlikely to find someone else willing to hide him She decides to... (full context)
Storm Clouds Gather
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...evenings are enjoyable, the days grow more and more stressful. The operation centered around the Beje has grown very large, and dozens of workers, reports, and appeals pass through the house... (full context)
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During the weeks of waiting, Corrie is serving lunch to seventeen people at the Beje when one guest notices someone looking through the curtain. He’s ostensibly washing the windows, although... (full context)
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...he’s being watched constantly by the Gestapo. He starts conducting weekly prayer services at the Beje, both to provide a reason for his regular visits and to give a legitimate reason... (full context)
The Raid
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...much information out of her as he can, then arrests her. Corrie realizes that the Beje has been turned into a trap. There’s no way for anyone to know it’s not... (full context)
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...take down names and addresses. Corrie counts thirty-six people arrested in the raid on the Beje, but she doesn’t see Pickwick. (full context)
Scheveningen
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...of “prison boredom.” She wonders what will happen to her cat, left behind at the Beje, but she tries not to think too hard about the people in the secret room,... (full context)
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...items around her cell, making it more cheerful. Remembering that messages sometimes came to the Beje under a stamp, she works off the stamp on Nollie’s package and finds a tiny... (full context)
The Lieutenant
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...the information that Rolf and another underground police officer helped the Jews escape from the Beje while they were assigned by the Gestapo to “guard” it. All of the fugitives are... (full context)
Vught
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...to explosions in the sky. Corrie and Betsie are already planning to return to the Beje and clean it up, but the foreman at the factory says that the noises are... (full context)
The Three Visions
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...people and young men hiding from conscription. Still, she’s anxious to get home to the Beje, and Willem asks Pickwick to drive her there. Corrie’s old friend waves aside her recollections... (full context)
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When Corrie finally arrives at the Beje, she finds Nollie and her daughters cleaning it thoroughly. With her sister and Toos she... (full context)
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...in the afternoon. At the same time, she feels that something is missing, and the Beje has never seemed so empty. She decides to open it up to mentally disabled children,... (full context)
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Still, Corrie is often restless. She feels that Betsie’s presence is necessary for the Beje to truly feel like home. When the national underground asks Corrie to take a set... (full context)
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...as well, but doing so always causes fights with the survivors. Instead, she makes the Beje into a home for former NSB members. During the years after the war, Corrie superintends... (full context)
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...mentally and physically stronger, Corrie always tells the patients about the NSB-ers living in the Beje, who never have visitors or mail. When the residents no longer express hostility towards these... (full context)