Casper and daughter Corrie ten Boom: WW2 Dutch Resistance

Saved 800 Plus Jews from Nazis death camps
A Dutch Christian watchmaker in Haarlem, Amsterdam named Casper ten Boom and his daughter Corrie had a special false wall made in their tiny house that could hold up to 6 people. During the Nazi occupation of Holland, they hid many disabled people, Jewish refugees, and Dutch resistance fighters in the tiny watchmaker's home. Their work with disabled children and foster children before the war was well known, but when the Nazis started arresting Jews for extermination, they began their clandestine work. Betrayed and later caught by the Gestapo, Casper (84 years old at the time) died after 10 days of interrogation. His daughters Corrie and Betsie were taken to Ravensbruck Concentration Camp where Betsie later died. Corrie was mistakenly released due to a clerical error days before all the women her age were sent to the gas chambers. After the war, Corrie spent time taking care of former concentration camp inmates and those outcast from society for colluding with the Germans during the war. She later traveled the world (60 countries) sharing her message of God’s salvation and hope, eventually settling in California where she died at age 91. Corrie, Casper, and Betsie were all listed as Righteous Among the Nations by the State of Israel for their work saving lives. Casper’s other son Willem and his son were also killed by the Nazis for helping save lives during the war.

Their valor in the face of death, saved many lives. Valor is in you. Set it free.

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