Corrie ten Boom: Biography

Corrie ten Boom

15 apr 1892

Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch author and clockmaker who was born in Amsterdam in 1892. She was raised just outside Amsterdam alongside her three older siblings. Her family were Christians and were often involved in various charitable projects during ten Boom’s childhood and adolescence. When the Second World War broke out, and the Netherlands was invaded in 1940, ten Boom’s family began to help Jewish people to escape from Nazi persecution.

Ten Boom’s most famous literary work, The Hiding Place, is an account of her plight to save the Jews in her home country. The title comes from the name Corrie and her sister gave to a room hidden behind a false wall which was used to hide Jews in the case of a Nazi raid on her family home. The hiding place was built gradually, as every visitor to the house brought tools or materials hidden and disguised as newspapers, food items or presents.

In 1944, the ten Boom family were arrested after someone informed the Nazis of the work they had been carrying out in secret. Corrie and her sister were eventually moved to a women’s labour camp in Germany. She was released nearly a year after her arrest, due to a fortunate clerical error.

Corrie Ten Boom spent the last few years of her life living in the United States. She suffered two severe strokes which left her completely paralysed for a number of years before her death in 1983. She died on her 91st birthday.