Sunday, April 15, 2012

On April 15

On this day in ...
... 1892 (120 years ago today), a daughter, Cornelia, was born into a Christian family in Amsterdam. After the Nazis invaded the Netherlands in 1940, she and her family joined Dutch Resistance efforts. In 1942, they took in the 1st of what would be many Jewish persons whom they hid in their home in Haarlem, and helped escape, throughout the period of the Holocaust. Known by her nickname, Corrie ten Boom (upper right) was arrested along with her family on February 28, 1944, after an informant turned them in. (credit for undated photo) Her father, Casper ten Boom, died within days at a prison in Scheveningen, near The Hague. She and her sister, Betsie ten Boom (lower right), were sent to Ravensbrück, a concentration camp about which we've posted here. There Betsie perished. (credit for undated photo) Corrie eventually was released, and went on to write numerous books about her experiences, including an autobiography entitled The Hiding Place (1971). Corrie died on her 91st birthday, April 15, 1983, in Orange, California, to which she'd moved a few years earlier.

(Prior April 15 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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