Saturday, April 6, 2013

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is Holocaust Remembrance day. Looking on You-Tube for a good video I was very disappointed to find that many of the videos were intent with denying the Holocaust. But I did find this video of Corrie Ten-Boon speaking about her experiences of hiding Jewish people during the Nazi era. She is the brave Christian who wrote the book The Hiding Place about how she and her family hid Jewish people in their homes. All but Corrie died in the Nazi concentration camps. 

There is written information about the family with the video which begins:

"For her efforts to hide Jews from arrest and deportation during the German occupation of the Netherlands, Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983) received recognition from the Yad Vashem Remembrance Authority as one of the "Righteous Among the Nations" on December 12, 1967. In resisting Nazi persecution, ten Boom acted in concert with her religious beliefs, her family experience, and the Dutch resistance. Her defiance led to imprisonment, internment in a concentration camp, and loss of family members who died from maltreatment while in German custody.
The ten Boom family were members of the Dutch Reformed Church, which protested Nazi persecution of Jews as an injustice to fellow human beings and an affront to divine authority. In her autobiography, ten Boom repeatedly cited religious motivations for hiding Jews, particularly her family's strong belief in a basic tenet of their religion: the equality of all human beings before God. Their religious activities had also brought the family a history of personal connections to the Jewish community. Corrie's grandfather had supported efforts to improve Christian-Jewish relations in the nineteenth century. Her brother Willem, a Dutch Reformed minister assigned to convert Jews, studied antisemitism and ran a nursing home for elderly of all faiths. In the late 1930s that nursing home became a refuge for Jews fleeing from Germany."

The rest of the information can be found here.

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