The Ten Boom Short Story Analysis

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One sunny day in January 1937 in Haarlem, Holland, the ten Boom celebrates the one-hundredth year of their in-home watch shop together with most of the town. The three family members who live in the tiny house, father ten Boom and his daughters Betsie and Corrie, prepare for the busy day after sharing breakfast and devotions with their three employees, Hans the apprentice, Toos the bookkeeper and Christoffels the repairman. This family shares a deep love for each other, devotion to their Christian faith and warm, generous hearts for the whole community. The party mood dampens as people discuss the threat of Hitler his campaign of German expansion and Holland’s role amidst the larger powers of Europe. Finally, Corrie’s brother Willem joins the gathering with a young Jewish man, Herr Gutlieber, who escaped from Munich after some teenagers waylaid him and set fire to his beard. The family rallies round the shocked man and attempt to restore normalcy by resuming the festivities. In the evening, Corrie reminisces about her childhood and returns to the present time, reflecting that God uses all experiences in human life for a good purpose. As the Beje network continues to expand, Corrie fears that they will be caught. Other instances occur to make Corrie worry, like the seizure a Jewish woman staying in Nollie’s home. Nollie, however, believes that her honest admission of Annaliese’s Jewish heritage will protect both of them. Although Nollie goes to prison, Annaliese miraculously

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