The Hiding Place

November 10, 2008

Culture

My kids have read the book, The Hiding Place, and I saw the movie eons ago. I decided to get the movie again (free through my local library) and I am so awed by the story that I wanted to tell you about it! This is a stunning story and if you haven’t seen the movie, you should really try to! It’s just… amazing!

The Hiding Place the true story of a Dutchwoman named Corrie ten Boom, during World War II. Free Holland had been invaded by Nazi Germany, and a new government had taken over. Radios and guns were confiscated, police patrolled the streets, assemblies of any kind were forbidden, and a new climate of fear ruled the streets. Corrie and her family decide to resist the new rules- they become accomplices of a group determined to free Holland and save the Jews who are being kidnapped and taken away. Corrie and her sister hide the Jews in their home in Amsterdam, and have to come up with all sorts of creative ways to feed these people and get them across the border to safety.

Corrie and her family are discovered and are arrested. They are sent off to concentration camps, and the story tells of the gruesome and brutal lives they now live.

I found a very old trailer of the movie on YouTube! I don’t think the trailer does the film enough justice– the film is absolutely incredible!

I allowed my children to see the film, although I fast-forwarded the scene where the women are being washed before entering the concentration camp. The movie is very intense, but it is a good lesson– a lesson that should never be forgotten. So many people died merely for resisting the tyranny and standing up for what is right. The acting performances and everything about the movie are very, very compelling. It’s an older movie– released in 1975– so the photography is a bit grainy (in the days before digital cameras!) but the movie is just SO exceptional. This is a CLASSIC.

Corrie survived her years in the concentration camp (her sister and elderly father did not, but the Jews they had helped were all saved from the Nazis). Actually, the details of her release are miraculous– she was scheduled to be killed but a bookkeeping error set her free. She returns alone to her beloved home in Amsterdam and tries to patch up what is left of her life. She wrote her story and it became an instant success. Corrie eventually moved to America but traveled all over the world, telling her story about her torment, about God’s incredible love, and warning the world about the events that led up to the death of free Europe in the 1930s.

Photos courtesy of IMDB and Wikipedia.

11 Responses to “The Hiding Place”

  1. Karen Says:

    I read the book when I was probably in junior high. It made a big impact on my life. I think I saw Corrie ten boom on the news and it really struck me that she was a real person. I think everyone should read the book. It sure made me appreciate everything.

  2. Signe Says:

    Fantastic book; didn’t know it was a movie! Thanks!

  3. Jenera Says:

    Oh my goodness, I had almost forgotten of this book. I read this so many times as a kid and teenager that I lost count. It is the most important book I think that I have ever read. I don’t think I watched any film though. I typically don’t if I’ve already read the book.

    I am going to have to search out this book for another read.

  4. Karen C. Says:

    A former acquaintence borrowed my first copy of the book and never returned it, so I had to buy another on eBay. I’ve read that book many times, and love it, but I’ve never seen the movie. Guess I’ll have to search for it and find some time to sit down!

  5. Laura Says:

    This was one of my favorite books growing up. In an age where comfort and entertainment are king, it’s important that we teach our children what sacrifice and honor are all about.

    Freedom is precious, and it is paid for through sacrifice. I pray that times like those never come again on a worldwide scale, but even as we blog from our comfortable office chairs people are living this horror over and over again in tyrannical countries around the world. For more info, visit Voice of the Maryrs… http://www.persecution.com/ it opened my eyes to real horrors in real places today.

  6. Helen Says:

    What a NEAT coincidence! I JUST ordered this movie TODAY on Netflix, for my daughter and myself.

    I’ve read the book several years ago, and even remember seeing this movie with my grandmother at a movie theatre, or was that at the drive-in… hmmm….

    Can’t wait to get this movie, we are expecting it in 2 days!

  7. lala Says:

    I read this years (and years and years) ago when I was a teen (along with Elie Wiesel’s personal account of his death march between concentration camps. I can’t find the title of that book now.)

    This Hiding Place was good book. I didn’t know there was a movie either. I’ll have to see if I can hunt a copy up so I can watch it.

  8. silver Says:

    i haven’t read this book and i haven’t seen the movie as well. but i have the sequel book “the tramp for the lord’.. it inspires me.

  9. Jennie Says:

    Hi Rebecca! I have read about Corrie Ten Boom and the story of her life countless times but have never got to watch the video. I am so looking forward to watching it soon. šŸ™‚

    Have a blessed week!

  10. Corrie @ "Cents"able Momma Says:

    I love the book and we own the movie. It’s great. I wasn’t named about Corrie ten Boom, but I have her same name (and my dad was from Holland), so I’ve grown up knowing about her.

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