The Hiding Place Themes

Corrie ten Boom
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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...

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