Casper Ten Boom 84yr old Dutch Hero who was Arrested for Aiding Jews and resisters during WW2 he was interrogated in prison, by the Gestapo who told him they would release him because of his age so that he could "die in his own bed". He replied: "If I go home today, tomorrow I will open my door to anyone who knocks for help". When asked if he knew he could die for helping Jews, he replied, "It would be an honor to give my life for God's chosen people."
Corrie had been apprenticing with her father to become a watchmaker. The important teaching that she and her siblings had received from their parents however was in preparation for a future that would be much more secure than being a watchmaker, .... Heaven!
On February 28, 1944, with the help of a Dutch informant, the Nazis learned of the work the ten Booms were doing and arrested the entire ten Boom family at around 12:30 p.m. The family was sent first to Scheveningen prison where their elderly father, Casper ten Boom, died ten days after his arrest. While there, Corrie's sister Nollie, brother Willem, and nephew Peter were all released. Later, Corrie and sister Betsie were sent to the Vught political concentration camp, and finally to the Ravensbrück death camp in Germany. Betsie died there on December 16, 1944. Before she died, she told Corrie, "There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still."
Betsie was Corrie's loving, spiritual, kind-hearted, forgiving sister, who stood by Corrie throughout all of their hardships. Her prayers allowed Corrie to humble herself and say, "Lord pay attention to her prayers." Betsie was a thin, sickly woman with a firm foundation of God. She constantly was thankful for what she had. She thanked God in the concentration camp for fleas! This was because the infestation kept the guards out of the prisoners' quarters, so they were able to keep a contraband Bible and conduct group religious studies.
Corrie was released on December 28, 1944. In the movie The Hiding Place, Corrie narrates the section on her release from camp, saying that she later learned that her release had been a clerical error. The women prisoners her age in the camp were killed the week following her release. She said, "God does not have problems. Only plans." The Jews whom the ten Booms had been hiding at the time of their arrests remained undiscovered and all but one, an old woman named Mary, survived.
After the war, Corrie returned to the Netherlands to set up rehabilitation centers. The refuge houses consisted of concentration camp survivors and sheltered the jobless Dutch who previously collaborated with Germans during the occupation. She returned to Germany in 1946, and traveled the world as a public speaker, appearing in over sixty countries, during which time she wrote many books.
Corrie told the story of her family and their work during World War II in her best selling book, The Hiding Place (1971), which was made into a film by World Wide Pictures in 1975.
Life after the war
After the war, she traveled to 60 different countries, preaching, and through her, many people became Christians. In 1977, Corrie, then 85 years old, moved to Placentia, California. In 1978, she suffered two strokes, the first rendering her unable to speak, and the second resulting in paralysis. She lived as an invalid for the remaining five years of her life, dying on her 91st birthday (April 15, 1983) following a third stroke.
• Israel honored ten Boom by naming her Righteous Among the Nations.
• Corrie was knighted by the Queen of the Netherlands in recognition of her work during the war.
• The Ten Boom Museum in Haarlem is dedicated to her and her family for their work.
• The King's College in New York City named a new women's house in her honor.
Her teaching focused on the Christian Gospel, with emphasis on forgiveness. In her book Tramp for the Lord (1974), she tells the story of an encounter while she was teaching in Germany in 1947. She was approached by a former Ravensbrück camp guard, who had been known as one of the most cruel. She was reluctant to forgive him, but prayed that she would be able to. Corrie wrote,
"For a long moment we grasped each other's hands, the former guard and the former prisoner. I had never known God's love so intensely as I did then."
She also wrote (in the same passage) that in her post-war experience with other victims of Nazi brutality, it was those who were able to forgive who were best able to rebuild their lives. She appeared on many Christian television programs discussing her ordeal during the Holocaust, and the concepts of forgiveness and God's love. She rejected the doctrine that some asserted, of Pre-Tribulation Rapture, and wrote that it was without Biblical foundation. She believed that such a doctrine left the Christian Church ill-prepared in times of great persecution, such as in China under Mao Zedong. One of Corrie and Betsie's favorite sayings was, "There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still."
Source: CORNELIA "CORRIE" TEN BOOM
How did they have the courage?
The ten Boom family lived the answer
Their commitment to help others
And Faith in God!
The prepping industry is very much alive and there are so many ways that we should be prepared, however most 'preppers' are convinced of what is to come and how to deal with it.
That a catastrophic event may be imminent is fairly certain but in what form it will take shape isn't. Will it be a manmade disaster or a natural disaster, will it involve warfare or famine, could it be in the form of terrorism or an EMP (electro magnetic pulse) will our financial system have a total collapse?
It could literally be a combination of two or more happenings and there is the Domino effect.
Let's all take a good look at how well we are prepared to deal with possible problems!
They were our friends and neighbours
They received help from normal people
Many people worked together secretly to help those
Targeted by the oppressors, the Germans
My parents also worked the underground
Our family changed daily with 'new' relatives
So many 'Uncles and Aunts' were showing up
When help was needed it was there
During the war many turned to God for help