If you know a high school student who wants to read about the Holocaust, I recommend The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. While honestly presenting the harsh realities of that time, it leaves the reader uplifted.

Corrie Ten Boom is the daughter of a watchmaker in Holland. Her father is a man of deep faith and compassion. When the Nazis occupy their country during World War II, the entire family participates in the resistance. Part of their work involves housing displaced Jews. Most of the time the family treat the Jews as houseguests, but when soldiers make raids looking for Jews to cart off to prison camps, their guests hide in a secret room built into the back wall of Corrie’s bedroom.

After one such raid, Corrie’s entire family is arrested. Some family members are released and returned home, but Corrie and her sister Betsie are imprisoned in a concentration camp.

Betsie finds reasons to rejoice in every circumstance, but Corrie struggles with hatred for their cruel prison guards and the filthy conditions in which they live. Corrie is sustained by the Scriptures and the vitamins she has managed to smuggle into the camp. She and Betsie share their faith with other women in their barracks. Despite suffering and loss, Corrie learns that the more she loses, the closer she feels to God. Her faith grows stronger as she grows weaker.

Corrie is released shortly before the war ends. She goes on to carry a message of love and forgiveness to refugees and broken societies across Europe, including Germany.

This true story was remarkable for me to read as an adult. Both of my children read it in place of another book in the high school Holocaust curriculum. It gave my teens perspective on how the light of faith can carry a person through the deepest darkness.

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom with Elizabeth and John Sherill and first published in 1971 is available both through Amazon and Christian Book Distributors.

Donna Fujimoto is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. She has published both devotionals for adults and short stories for teens. Her children love to read.

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