For over 100 years, the ten Boom family owned a watch shop on the main street in Haarlem, a suburb of Amsterdam. However, when the Nazis enter their town in 1940 and begin rounding up their Jewish neighbors, this good Christian family refuses to stand by and do nothing. This is a true story of unbelievable faith and courage. You’ll be reading way past your bedtime! (I think I’ve read The Hiding Place five times and I rarely re-read a book!)
Three years ago, my middle daughter and I traveled to Amsterdam where we toured the Corrie ten Boom House, I re-read this powerful memoir on the plane trip over and was so glad I had as this made the characters fresh and clear in my mind. What a privilege to see for myself the house where so much good was done and so many tragic sacrifices were made. This book reminds you that ordinary folks are often the most heroic.
Middle Reading Level, 272 pages, Historical Non-fiction, World War II, Published in 1971