Below are excerpts from Corrie Ten Boom-Heroine of Haarlem:
At first, the occupation did not seem so evil to Corrie. The German soldiers had money. They bought things at the shop They even bought all of Papa’s winkeldochters – “shopdaughters” clocks and watches that had been in the shop for years without being sold. There were a few inconveniences, such as that the Dutch could not be in the street after ten o’clock at night. But what respectable citizen would be out then anyway? Each Dutch citizen had to carry an identity card in a pouch hanging from a “necklace.” Food and merchandise had to be purchased with coupons from ration books. Was that so bad?…pg 68…The man in the blue suit prodded Corrie through the work room into the front showroom. He slapped her hard. “Attention now!”
She held her stinging face. “What do you want?”
“Where are you hiding the Jews?”
“We don’t have any-“
He slapped her again. “Where are you hiding the Jews?”
“Oh please, Jesus, stop him.” She was coughing. She tasted blood in her mouth.
He lowered his arm and backed up. “What do you have? It’s not tuberculosis, is it? What a dirty business this is.”pg 98
As I read Corrie’s autobiography, Corrie Ten Boom-Heroine of Haarlem, I am reminded of how quickly things around us can change and how suddenly the freedom we take for granted can be lost or even take a tragic turn.
I appreciate those who take the time to remind us of names and dates of the actual events. How soon we forget the suffering of those who were victims of tyranny a few short years ago.
- The Hiding Place (graftedinelena.wordpress.com)
- Corrie Ten Boom Quote Friday (walklikeenoch.com)
- The Secret of Rejoicing While Suffering (str.typepad.com)