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The Corrie ten Boom Museum is located in Haarlem, Holland. The ten Boom home was a refuge for Jews, the Dutch underground, and other resisters. Corrie credited her family's strong Christian faith as the motivation for their rescue efforts. A sign on the side of the museum recounts the fate of Corrie's family after the home was raided by the Nazis and the family members arrested. Casper (Corrie's father) died in Schevingen Prison after only ten days of captivity. Betsie (Corrie's sister) died in Ravensbrück concentration camp. Willem (Corrie's brother) contracted spinal meningitis in prison and died shortly after the war. Christiaan (Corrie's nephew) was sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and did not return. The triangular "Alpina" sign (barely seen through the curtains) was a signal that it was safe to enter the ten Boom house. The "Alpina" sign. During practice drills, the illegal residents of the house would have to climb these steep stairs to Corrie's bedroom where a hiding place had been prepared. Illegal ration cards were hidden in the stairwell. The hiding place was entered through the back of Corrie's bedroom closet. Four Jews and two members of the Dutch underground survived a Nazi raid by hiding in "the hiding place." (Part of the wall was cut away after the war so visitors could see into the hiding place.) Two days after the raid, the six persons in hiding were able to escape through this window with the help of the resistance. The entire story may be read in Corrie ten Boom's book, The Hiding Place. The ten Boom family and their circle were responsible for saving the lives of hundreds of Jews and resisters. For her work, Corrie was honored as a "Righteous Gentile" at Yad Vashem in Israel.
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