Corrie Ten Boom House

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“When a train goes through a tunnel, and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.”

~ Corrie Ten Boom


This passages of a quotation is a collection of Corrie Ten Boom, one of the Ten Boom family members who resided in 19 Barteljorisstraat, Haarlem Holland. In 1837 Corrie’s grandfather rented the shop area of the house and opened a watch and clock shop. By 1849 her grandfather could purchase the entire building. The Ten Boom families were good neighbors and friends to the Jewish people in Haarlem.

During the Nazi occupation, the Ten Boom’s home became a “hiding place” for hundreds of Jews to escape the Nazi death camps. The Ten Booms along with many Dutch families risked their lives to take Jewish people into their homes. It is hard to keep people hidden for months that turned into years. Thus, a tribute to the Dutch Underground and the brave families who took them in their homes.

The Ten Booms’ home is very unusual because it is a combination of two houses. The front house (with the watch shop) shared its back wall with an even smaller room. The second house’s doors were made in a shared wall, combining the two door-apartment. The rooms in either house can reach by climbing the narrow spiral staircase. Because the floor levels of the two houses are different, it is easy to become confused as you go up the winding stairs. However, this confusion had its benefit. It was helpful when it came to hiding (Jewish) people there!

Today, the Ten Boom home is now an inspiring museum to guests who pay a visit. It opened in 1988, under the direction of Corrie Ten Boom Foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to continue the Ten Boom’s witness and legacy.

Many of the rooms have been refurbished to appear much as they did in the 1940’s.

Guided tours of the museum are open to visitors.
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Zagnut66 says:
Makes you wonder how many people are alive today whose ancestors were hidden here from the Nazis.
Posted on: Jan 08, 2017
amudha_colaco says:
Congrats on your feature May! Lovely review!
Posted on: Jan 05, 2017
simsing says:
Congrats on the feature, May!
Hope you are having a fabulous 2017!
Posted on: Jan 05, 2017
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Rich in History - Hard to believe it happened! Jun 16, 2011
This is better known to some as "The Hiding Place" which was based on a TRUE STORY of Corrie Ten Boom. This may change, but normally they only have 2 groups a day beginning around 9-10AM?. One in English, the other in Dutch?. So you must show up for the first one to find out. A guide begins by telling you the whole story based on this family's Christian faith to do "right" by the Jews. The talk takes about an hour. So young children who can't be quite will NOT be tolerated!! I took some bad looks when I took my 3 year old in, but I assured them she would be quiet and she was. You are then shown the house, family photos, and THE HIDING SPOT!! THE SIZE WILL AMAZE YOU that so many people fit!!! ... and HOW they got there.............

The story for this home and family is too long for me to go into detail.... except to say, IF you are in Haarlem, Don't miss this!! I dare say,,, it is equally as moving as Anne Frank, just lesser known. This woman went on to do exceptional things after her family died in the concentration camps. She was the only one who lived. They saved many many jews, pregnant girls and their babies, etc.. during this time that would have been killed.
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Her family photos
Memories along the wall
The Hiding Place movie poster
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williamsworld says:
Can you believe it? Wow. Cheers
Posted on: Jun 28, 2011

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