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The Hiding Place: Corrie ten Boom
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Thursday, February 14, 2013
J.L. Robb

''The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented.''  - Fathi Shihab Eddim (2012)

Fathi Shihab Eddim is the Senior Aide to Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s new “democratically elected” president, an Islamic terrorist/dictator who has called for Israel’s destruction by force and the land given to the Palestinians. I suppose in the logic of one of our esteemed U.S. Presidents, it depends on what the definition of “terrorist” is. Anyone who is dedicated to the annihilation of another people because they are jealous, envious of the land they possess and believe they are now God’s chosen is a terrorist.  

An internet video making the rounds from 2010 clearly shows President Morsi, who we in the West helped install while overthrowing Hosni Mubarak, an ally, commenting that Jews are descendants of apes and pigs.

It was President Morsi, after his election, who got right to the important stuff and asked President Obama to release Omar Abdel Rahman during an exclusive interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

You may remember Omar, the “Blind Sheikh” who orchestrated the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, hoping then that it would fall to the ground. The blind sheikh is presently serving a life sentence in the federal pen. Of course, had this man been executed after being found guilty, he wouldn’t be leverage for the Jihad du Jour movements of today.

According to the New York Post, the Obama administration is considering the release as a PR gesture, to show goodwill to our Muslim friends who want to kill us. Jimmy Carter, Jr. is hard at work in the White House, following in the misguided steps of his apparent mentor and trying to “play nice” with the mullahs of Iran. But that’s ok; while we demilitarize, we donate hi-tech weapons to Egypt, for free! No, we do not learn from history.

Enter Persian ruler Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, another “Holocaust Denier” and envious of God’s Chosen and the land He designated for Israel. The purveyor of hatred and denial of history awaits the Twelfth Imam.

In 2005, the National Council of Churches USA condemned Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s call for the obliteration of Israel and his ongoing claim that the Holocaust was “a myth.” Ahmadinejad’s comments came at a meeting titled: “A World Without Zionists”

That would be a world without Jews in Islamo-speak. At that meeting, the Iranian leader said that the state of Israel should be “wiped off the map” and that Western leaders “…invented a myth that Jews were massacred and placed this above God, religions and the prophets.” Yes, that comment is confusing, but that’s what he said.

There are other famous holocaust deniers, including Bobby Fischer of chess renown and David Irving, English journalist and writer. And then there is Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas is the leader of the Palestinian Authority who doesn’t actually deny the Holocaust, just that the figures are exaggerated by Jews so they can get more worldwide approval and extra booty. Here are a few of his statements:

  • “…it is possible that the number of Jewish victims reached six million, but at the same time it is possible that the figure is much smaller--below one million.”
  • "The historian and author, Raoul Hilberg, thinks that the figure does not exceed 890,000."  
  • "It seems that the interest of the Zionist movement, however, is to inflate this figure so that their gains will be greater… This led them to emphasize this figure (six million) in order to gain the solidarity of international public opinion with Zionism.”
  • "A partnership was established between Hitler's Nazis and the leadership of the Zionist movement ... (the Zionists gave) permission to every racist in the world, led by Hitler and the Nazis, to treat Jews as they wish, so long as it guarantees immigration to Palestine."

Mahmoud Abbas, the man who Israel is to negotiate “peace” with.

I guess these Muslim leaders didn’t do well in their madrassa’s World History classes and apparently never heard of Corrie ten Boom, her family and The Hiding Place. It all started like this:

Willem ten Boom, the patriarch of the ten Boom family lived in Holland and was a Dutch Christian. In 1837 he opened a clock repair shop and lived in the home above the shop. Willem led a weekly prayer service specifically to pray for the Jewish people and for peace in Jerusalem It’s been a long time since Jerusalem has seen “peace.”

The prayer services that Willem started in 1844 were continued by his son Casper and continued for one hundred years, until the Nazi war machine shut them down in 1944. Casper ten Boom and his entire family were arrested for “harboring Jews.” Corrie was Casper’s daughter; and were it not for her, most of us today would never have heard the story. She wrote the book, The Hiding Place.

When the Nazis invaded the Netherlands in 1940, the invasion came with many newly imposed “restrictions.” One of the restrictions required the banning of a club that Corrie started to help young girls. It wasn’t long before the family was hiding Dutch refugees and many Jews. Helping Jews or revolutionaries, Jehovah’s Witnesses or gypsies was a capital crime in the philosophy of Nazi-think. The ten Boom family was involved in charitable work, and Corrie had a keen fondness to help disabled children.

As devout Christians, the Jews were perceived by the ten Booms to be “God’s Chosen;” and as a result, their zeal to help the Jewish people was paramount. The “God’s Chosen” belief comes from the very first book of the Bible and permeates throughout. When the first Jewish refugee, a woman, came to the ten Boom home because she had “heard” about them, Clarence had this to say: "In this household, God's people are always welcome."

The ten Boom family not only saved many Jewish people, they also provided the refugees with kosher meals; and the family honored Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath designated by God, as well as Sunday. As the Nazi’s became more oppressive, raiding homes to collect radios or any other communication equipment, the homes were searched for Jewish refugees.

Getting food was a problem. Ration cards were disbursed to the population but not Jews. Because of Corrie’s charitable work, she had many contacts in Haarlem where she lived. One contact was a civil servant who worked for the local Ration Card office. Corrie had worked with the man’s disabled daughter. When Corrie met with the man, he asked her how many she wanted.

"I opened my mouth to say, 'Five,'" she wrote in The Hiding Place. "But the number that unexpectedly and astonishingly came out instead was: 'One hundred.'" He gave her a hundred, and she provided them to every Jew that she met.

Clarence ten Boom, Corrie’s father, was so incensed by the yellow stars the Jews were required to wear for identification, he had a Jewish friend get him a star; and he wore it proudly. That tradition stopped when the family decided they needed a special place, a Hiding Place. The family could not blatantly look like sympathizers.

An engineering friend, also a sympathizer to the Jewish plight, designed a safe house. He instructed that the hiding place would have to be undetectable and at the highest place in the home. That place turned out to be Corrie’s bedroom in the very top. By hiding in the top of the home, the Jews would have time to turn the mattresses over (so the German soldiers wouldn’t detect body warmth), grab linens and any apparel and get into the hiding place.

The hiding place was designed behind a fake wall built out of bricks. The bricks were brought into the home by being wrapped in a newspaper, magazine or whatever means that wouldn’t look conspicuous, one at a time. The space was about thirty inches wide and the size of a small closet.

The ten Booms “practiced” routines of cleaning up the dishes and table to make it look like only the family was eating should a raid come during meals, as they often did. The refugees would have drills on getting to the hiding place in the least amount of time.

The ten Booms were eventually set up by a Nazi spy, and the family was sent to various prison camps. The home was thoroughly searched by the Gestapo. Though the home was maxed out with Jewish refugees, there were four Jews and two Dutch Resistant fighters hiding in the small hiding place behind the fake wall. They waited in the space for two days until they were secreted away by other sympathizers.

After their arrests, the ten Booms got an “up close and personal” look at man’s depravity to man. Her father Clarence died within a week of being imprisoned. Corrie and her sister Betsie were separated but eventually were reunited at a camp deep into Holland, Ravensbruck.

Ravensbruck was known as an extermination camp for women. Betsie died in Ravensbruck from illness; and a few days later, Corrie was released due to an error; and the remaining women were executed a few days later. This accidental escape, due to an “error” played on Corrie’s mind in the years to come. She determined that her life was spared so she could dedicate it to God by witnessing the events of The Hiding Place.

Corrie ten Boom received many tributes because of her efforts to let the world know about the experiences of her family and the people who were saved. After World War II she was honored as a War Hero by the Queen of Holland. She planted a tree at the request of the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem in the Garden of Righteousness. The tree would stand in honor of all the Jewish lives saved by the ten Boom family.

In 1971, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, became a best seller almost immediately. Later the book was released as a movie by World Wide Pictures (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association). I am including links to the first two parts of the movie if you would like to watch. The rest are available on Youtube.com.

The Hiding Place: Scene 1 and Scene 2

Corrie ten Boom was faithful to her Christian beliefs and died on her 91st birthday, April 15, 1983. In the Jewish tradition, only very blessed people are allowed the special privilege of dying on their birthday.

I didn’t know much about Corrie and the ten Boom family until I began working with my publicist, ReAnn Ring in Dunwoody, just north of Atlanta. I was introduced to ReAnn as a possible contact for having The End The Book Series made into a movie(s). She knows the producers of the movie released in 2011, Return To The Hiding Place. My curiosity was tweaked, and I began a journey to know this wonderful, Saintly woman. I am glad I did. Corrie ten Boom went on to write numerous books and travelled the world as a speaker.

Maybe the Persian and Arab leaders who know so little of the holocaust will get a chance to see the movie.

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