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Corrie ten Boom: Corrie Ten Boom's Prison Letters

Hodder and Stroughton, London, 1976 (1975)

* 1892, Amsterdam, † 1893

Charge: Hiding Jews
Prison: Scheveningen Prison, Netherlands (Map)

"[...] We were detained in Scheveningen from February 29th, 1944 to June 5th, 1944. [...] When, on June 6th, Betsei and I were suddenly transported together to Vught, a German concentration camp in Holland, we were much happier in the sense that we were together after a long and difficult separation. I was in my early fifitIes then and Betsie was seven years older.[...]
Most of the letters in this book were smuggled out of Vught [] by a German soldier who hid them in clean laundry that we prisoners washed for the Germans. This young man also took the enclosed sketched for me. Some of these I had written on toilet paper in my cell at Scheveningen and hidden under my clothing all the time while in camp at Vught.", quoted from introduction by Corried ten Boom

"A cell consists of 4 stone walls and a closed door. There are 3 little holes through which we secretly talk and exchange little bits of prison news. It does not really bring us news, but it gives us the feeling that we are not sitting there completely separated. (In my previous cell I was with 3 other prisoners.) Then the guard entered with a prisoner, a real gentleman - cultured, silent. A container of cement was also brought in and there was a search for holes. They were found and closed with a dab of the concrete. On the way out, our little pencil was snatched away. The door closed again and we were locked in even more than before.", from letters from Scheveningen, p. 19

In early September 1944 Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsie were transported to Ravensbruck concentration camp in the heart of Germany. Corrie ten Boom writes: "Bep and I were shipped to Ravensbruck on a train. As we passed out of Holland we managed to slip a scrap of paper through a crack in our boxcar. The paper said: 'Corrie and Betsie ten Boom. Being transported to Ravensbruck concentration camp.' I asked the finder to please send the note to Nollie in Haarlem. During my confinement in Ravensbruck, where mail was non-existent, I felt a great emptiness. This was compounded when Betsie became on of 97,000 women to die there.", p.88

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