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The Hiding Place Themes

Corrie ten Boom
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Themes

Unconditional Love

Betsie, in her Christlike manner, exhibits an unconditional love that even Corrie admires. Their father, likewise, shows compassion even to the German officials who load up the first Jews at the Grote Market. Casper vowed that to suffer for aiding the Jews would be an honor for his family.

Such a belief in the love for the most evil characters of history must stem from an unearthly belief that there is good in every person. Betsie asserted that, since the Germans could teach the young people to hate so completely, they can also love. She expounded this belief until Corrie believed it as well, so much so that Corrie opened a home in the Beje for young people of the Hitler Youth who desired to learn to love.

People who feel such love for those who hate them will obviously show intense love for those closest to them. The Ten Boom family supported one another through very tough times. They upheld one another's ambitions and dreams.

Religion

Early in Corrie's life, religion played an important role. It was her family's faith that inspired them to help others, even when it was not convenient for them. It was also their faith that caused them to open their home to many needy people, from their own relatives to orphans in need of a loving family. Finally, they opened their home to Jews who no one else would take in.

While in prison, Corrie frequently seeks guidance from her faith. She seeks comfort from her Bible. She looks to the beliefs of her family to encourage her to continue to hope. The promise of a peaceful, final resting place comforts Corrie when her father dies in prison. Though she is heartbroken over the death of her sister, Corrie pictures Betsie as finally free, in a better place.

The peace that comes from such devotion is something that the Ten Boom sisters feel the need to share. They not only try to tell those in prison with them about the truth of their faith, they also try to live it in every way. Betsie seeks to spread peace and understanding in the barracks of Ravensbruck. They share everything about themselves, not only their ideas, but their medicine and their blankets. Such actions serve to make their religion more real than any ritual could do.

Love vs. Hate

Betsie sees the connection between the attitudes of love and hate. She believes that the emotions come from the same place in a person, and that the ability to feel hate signals an inherent ability to feel love. She desires to help those whose ability to love have been hampered by the Nazi doctrines.

Corrie recognizes the poisonous nature of hate. She sees it in the severe beatings of the women at Ravensbruck over the smallest infraction. As she travels across Germany after her release, she sees the devastation that such a hateful war has wreaked upon the countryside.

When Corrie faces one of her prison guards, though, she is shocked to find such hate within herself. She turns to her faith to deal with the emotion and find forgiveness to the man, who previously had treated her so poorly, but now claims to have the same faith she does. She turns her love to those in her rehabilitation homes, encouraging them to forgive those who betrayed them, by turning them into the authorities causing the destruction and even death of their family and friends. Corrie recognizes that,when forgiveness takes its course, hate leaves, allowing room for compassion and love.

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