What you don’t know about World War II heroine Corrie ten Boom

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Editor’s note: During World War II in Haarlem, Holland, Corrie ten Boom and her family (father Casper, sisters Betsie and Nollie, brother Willem) actively hid Jews and Dutch boys whom SS soldiers were snatching off the street to be sent to work in German factories.  They also became involved with the Dutch Resistance and were eventually caught and sent to concentration camps. The following is an excerpt from “THE WATCHMAKER’S DAUGHTER: The True Story of World War II Heroine Corrie ten Boom.” 

After the war Corrie received invitations to speak all over the United States. For several months she gave her testimony at churches, prisons, universities, schools, and clubs.  As 1945 drew to a close, though, she felt called to return to Europe.  Again and again, her mind returned to what Betsie had said at Ravensbrück⸻that they would have to minister in Germany itself. 

“Corrie, there is so much bitterness,” Betsie had said.  “This concentration camp here at Ravensbrück has been used to destroy many, many lives.  There are many other such camps throughout Germany.  After the war they will not have use for them anymore.  I have prayed that the Lord will give us one

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