The Hiding Place Book Report

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Gabby Pusha
December 3, 2012
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“The Hiding Place” Book Report
“The Hiding Place” is an autobiography written by Corrie Ten Boom. Boom’s autobiography is about when she and her family were living in a town named Holland in the 1930’s. During this time Nazi violence and hatred towards Jews was increasing rapidly. Many people turned their backs on Jews because they feared for their own lives. Corrie Ten Boom and her family joined the Dutch resistance, and helped Jews avoid begin captured and killed. Regardless of the risk of punishment or death the family’s watch shop acted as a hiding place for many Jews. One day the Ten Boom family was betrayed and thrown into the Nazi Germany‘s concentration camp. The main character of the story is Cornelia (Corrie) Ten Boom. “Since childhood, Corrie’s most tormenting fear had been of being alone” (vii), but Corrie conquers her fear by the end of the story because her family dies and she becomes an independent home who changes people‘s lives. Corrie changed people’s life’s by turning former concentration camps into homes for victims and prisoners of the Holocaust. The first home Corrrie opened was in Darmstadt, “as a home and place of renewal” (226). Cornelia was also someone who put others before herself. When the police raided her home, she left behind her prisoner bag that held her most valuable things. Cornelia says, “It was the hardest thing I had ever done to turn and walk out of that room, leaving the bag behind” (121). She did the right thing because she knew if she would have reached down and gotten the bag, the hiding place along with the Jews would have been discovered. Two other characters that played a major role in the story were Casper and Bestie Ten Boom. Casper was the father of Cornelia and Bestie. Casper was a person that always welcomed others. When he was taking to the concentration camp, and the police chief says, “ I’ll take your word that you want cause any more trouble”(129) , Casper

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