Corrie Ten Boom Essay

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Corrie ten Boom
Helping Jews hide during World War II

A well known activist who helped save nearly 800 Jews, Cornelia Johanna Arnolda ten Boom was an inspiration to help others in need, but she has done so much more. Corrie ten Boom has showed Americans that everyone matters and nobody should have to hide. Everyone should be able to live a normal life out in the open. She left a lasting legacy as a very caring person who was willing to help anyone. The beginning of ten Boom’s life started out in the Netherlands when she was born on April 15, 1892. Ten Boom had a very peaceful childhood and was a very happy girl. She grew up in a watch shop which was owned by her father, Casper ten Boom. This watch shop was also her home that her whole
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While she gave speeches she would talk a lot about forgiveness and forgiving others for things that they have done. After one of her speeches, a guard from the concentration camp in Germany came up to her and asked for forgiveness for what he has done to her and her sister. She forgave him because she believes that you should forgive anyone. “Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” ( She also made a home for victims that went through the concentration camps. It was April 15, 1983 when ten Boom died. This meant that she died on her birthday, and according to Jewish tradition it was only very blessed people that died on their birthday. There was a lot that happened after the war for ten Boom, she did a lot of things and showed people many things.
Cornelia Johanna Arnolda ten Boom truly has left a legacy as someone who was willing to help Jews during war so that they would be protected. Inspiring others to help others in need no matter who they are was a job she did well. She is certainly a hero of change because she helped many survive World War ll, almost 800 escaped because of her. Perhaps if more people were more like Corrie ten Boom then the world would be a more helpful place and everyone would be able to live a normal happy
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