Reading the story of Corrie ten Boom, when I was in high school, was an important moment in my spiritual growth. The Hiding Place, a memoir, tells of Corrie’s life in Holland, and how her Christian family helped the Jews suffering from Nazi persecution. The title refers to both the physical hiding place where the ten Boom family hid the Jews in their home, and also to the line in Psalm 119:114 which says, “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word… The hiding place in their home was betrayed, and Corrie and her family were taken to the camps. Only she survived, and amazingly she spent the rest of her life traveling the world and talking about forgiveness, hope and freedom.
It was many decades later, in coming to serve at St. John’s, that I met the authors; my dear friends John and Elizabeth Sherrill, whom you meet in this video. They spoke to a group of young actors who are preparing to present a stage version of The Hiding Place, at the Company Theatre in Norwell, MA. You will see several material reminders of that terrible time, including a yellow star and a flower that Corrie embroidered on her undershirt, using thread she unraveled from her clothes and a smuggled needle.
On this day, when we officially remember the Holocaust–or more appropriately the Shoah (calamity)–I am proud to share this evidence that the terrible lessons of that time are being remembered and taught to our children.
The embedded link wasn’t working, so please click on the link below to see the video on YouTube.