I needed a break and decided to listen to The Hiding Place by Corrie TenBoom. I have read it, many years ago, and I have seen the movie, but I felt like I had forgotten the story. I was right, I had forgotten some of it.
One of the reason this books sits so close to my heart is because as a young teen it was the first time I can remember reading about a Dutch family that did something important. Where I am from, the Dutch community is everywhere, West Michigan. But still they were talked about as only people that don’t like to spend money, have no sense of humor and are very strict. All of which are true, but they are so much more. (Well, they do have a sense of humor, but it is usually really dry.) The Hiding Place gave me that chance to be proud of my heritage.
As I got older, I learned how much the Dutch people fought against the Germans even after their country surrendered. The Dutch underground was a force to be reckoned with. Many people and families did what the TenBooms did, it just wasn’t talked about. I found out years after I married that a member of the family I married into was very busy in the underground and has stories that would make your hair stand on end.
I am not sure I would ever be strong enough to do what they did and I pray that I never have to find out if I am, but thank you Corrie for letting one young person know that it was okay to be part of a country that may not be known for being the noisiest or the most popular, but we are hard working, loving and will fight injustice with everything we have.