The Hiding Place Book Review Summary

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The Hiding Place is the story of Corrie ten Boom's life as a middle-aged woman in Holland during World War II. She was an active member of the resistance, harboring Jews in her home, the Beje. Her story begins when she is a child, but quickly progresses to her adulthood. The main plot is Corrie's work helping Jews. She took them into her home, usually for a short time, and then helped them find a better hiding place. She supplied them with false papers and ration cards. Corrie worked with a group of Dutch Christians and built a network in Holland to help whoever needed help. Her older sister hid Jews as well, and her brother ran a nursing home and was able to help Corrie.
Unfortunately, the Nazis find out that Corrie is active in the resistance and she, her sister, her father and many others are arrested in a night raid (miraculously, the Jews in her home are hidden so well they aren't found and all but one live through the Occupation). Even though she is elderly, Corrie survives prison and is transported to Ravensbruck, a concentration camp, with her sister Betsie.
This report prepared by Erin Thomsen

Published in 1976, a bestseller, and still in print, this is the famous autobiography of Corrie Ten Boom who lived through the Nazi occupation of Holland in WWII and formed part of the Dutch resistance in Haarlem. It tells how the Ten Booms smuggled Jews, and others sought by the soldiers, out into the countryside and abroad. Eventually Corrie and her sister Betsie were caught and sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp. Corrie miraculously survived to tell the tale and help in the post-war reconstruction of Holland and work tirelessly for reconciliation in Europe. Betsie died in the camp, not hating anyone. A powerful and moving story, this was released as a successful film and video and forms the middle part of her life story with 'In My Father's House' being the early part of her life, and 'Tramp For The Lord' being the latter part. Read it alongside the Anne Frank and Viktor Frankl stories.
This report prepared by Michael JR Jose

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Plot & Themes

War/Cloak & Dagger story?    -   holocaust War/Spying    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+    -   1900+ Which war?    -   World War II

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   trader Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Holland/Dutch


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   prison Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   in awe    -   spiritual    -   like laughing If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None    -   More 6-10 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book    -   76%-100% of book

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