Casper ten Boom Casper ten Boom (18 May 1859 – 10 March 1944) was a Dutch Christian who helped many Jews and resisters escape the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II. He is the father of Betsie and Corrie ten Boom, who also aided the Jews and were sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp where Betsie died. Ten Boom died 10 March 1944 at the Scheveningen Prison ten days after the arrest of the family.
Two Icons: Corrie Ten Boom and Brother Andrew - taken at Open Doors headquarters in LA.
Milena Jesenska, Czech journalist, writer, editor and translator, refused to abandon her Jewish friends and was deported with several of them to Ravensbruck concentration camp, where she died.
Giorgio Perlasca was an Italian who helped save thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust by issuing them fake passports to travel to neutral countries. He also personally sheltered thousands of Hungarian Jews while they were waiting for their passports. It is estimated he saved over 5,000 Jews from the Holocaust.
Jean Moulin (1899-1943) was a leader of the French Resistance during World War II. In June 1943, he was arrested in a suburb of Lyon, interrogated and tortured by Gestapo leader Klaus Barbie in Lyon and Paris. He never revealed anything to his captors and subsequently died near Metz on a train to Germany. Many historians believe that Klaus Barbie personally beat Moulin to death.
As devoted Christians, Corrie Ten Boom and her family hid Jews during WWII. Her family's commitment to doing what was right despite personal danger never ceases to amaze me.
Dr. Adelaide "Heidi" Hautval of Strasbourg, France was arrested by the Nazis. Sent to Auschwitz, she witnessed the medical experiments and refused to participate. Transported to Ravensbruck, she again refused to participate in experiments. When the doctor said that Jews were different, she said, “In this camp, many people are different from me. You, for example.” She saved many lives by hiding the condemned as patients and stayed at the camp with Mme Vaillant-Couturier post war to care for…
Give thanks in all circumstances, Corrie Ten Boom. Amongst her "hiding place", the punishment barracks, there was an infestation of fleas that kept the supervisors from checking on them regularly. She and her sisters "thanked God for the fleas," that allowed them to take comfort in their bible study.