- DOB: April 15th, 1892 in Haarlem, Netherlands.
- DOD: April 15th, 1983 in Placentia, California.
- Parents: Casper and Cornelia ten Boom.
- Siblings: Sisters are Betsie and Nollie ten Boom and brother Willem ten Boom.
- Her family was very religious and strict Calvinists in the Dutch Reformed Church.
- Their faith inspired them to serve society, offer shelter, food, and money to the needy.
- After the death of her mom and a disappointing romantic life, she started working in the watchmaking business, taking after her father.
- Corrie was the first women to join the watchmaking business.
- She also established a youth club for teenage girls. It provided religious instruction, classes in performing arts, and sewing and handcraft skills.
- Corrie never married.
- She worked in the watchmaking business and at her youth club.
- When World War 2 started the Nazis invaded The Netherlands. Their house became a place of refugee for the Jews.
When/Where She Died
Corrie ten Boom died on April 15th, 1983 in Placentia, California.
What Made Her Serve In Missions?
- The Nazis came through the Netherlands and, since she had such a big heart for serving, she made her closet into a secret hiding place for the Jews
What Work Did She Do and Where?
- Provided refugee in her house for all the many Jews in hiding from the Nazis.
- Her house was in Haarlem, Netherlands.
- The Jews would hide in many different places in the house. Including, Corrie's closet behind a false wall and a secret room in the back of the house.
- Their house was referred to as the "safe house."
- She communicated to others about the "safe houses" and got them to make their house into a "safe house."
- This was called the "Beje Movement." It was called this because her family lived in a Beje house. (called Beje because it's short for Barteljorisstraat, the street they lived on)
Corrie ten Boom's legacy as the number of Jews she helped save, her dedication to saving others even if it meant risking her life.
Awards Received During Service/As a Result of Service
- Corrie was knighted by the Queen of Netherlands.
- She received recognition from Israel, who named her, "Righteous Among Nations."
- Her childhood home in Haarlem is now a museum dedicated to her and her family's work.
- Mark 16:15- He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
- Mark 13:10- And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.
- "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."
- "The measure of a life, after all, is not duration, but it is donation."
- "Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrow; it empties today of its strength."
Other Interesting Facts
- Corrie died of multiple strokes.
- She passed on her birthday, which is known to be a blessing to die on one's birthday. (When we are born we are entrusted with a mission, to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. The righteous person lives their life achieving their fullest potential and completes their mission on earth in the most perfect way possible. This perfection is expressed in the fact that their mission ends on the very same day that it was begun.)
- A Dutch trader faked being Jewish so he could come into their "safe house." He later left and went and informed the Nazis about the ten Booms work.
- Corrie's mother divorced her father and later died of a stroke in 1921.
- “Corrie Ten Boom.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 8 Apr. 2015, www.biography.com/people/corrie-ten-boom-21358155. Accessed 26 Apr. 2017.
- “Corrie Ten Boom.” Corrie Ten Boom - New World Encyclopedia, www.newworldencyclopedia.org/p/index.php?title=Corrie_ten_Boom. Accessed 26 Apr. 2017.
- "Fun Facts and Quotes." Corrie ten Boom, corrietenboom.weebly.com/fun-facts-and-quotes.html. Accessed 23 Apr. 2017