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“A Personal Experience of Corrie Ten Boom”

The Corrie ten Boom House
Ranked #1 of 66 things to do in Haarlem
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San Diego, California
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217 attraction reviews
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“A Personal Experience of Corrie Ten Boom”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

This free tour of Corrie Ten Boom's house, which was the genesis of her book The Hiding Place, was very good. The guide, an older woman, spoke as though she was there when Corrie, her sister, and father were hiding Jews from the Nazi's. After a somewhat lengthy description, we toured the house, and saw the very small (3 ft X 9 ft) opening behing Corrie's bed where they successfully hid the Jews. After having toured the Anne Frank house the day before, it was eye-opening how not only the Jews were sent to concentration camps...but also their helpers.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank bsimosd
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“Highlight of my trip to Holland”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

I would suggest going to this museum to anyone! The guide was such a great story teller and she told such a wonderful message of hope!

There is no cost for this museum but their website stated that donations would be appreciated.
This museum is not for anyone who cannot climb stairs.

Visited April 2013
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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“An extraordinary woman that lived an extraordinary life!”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

The story of Corrie ten Boom was one that I heard as a young girl. My mother heard her speak in Hawaii and tell her story and how her love of God and the Jewish people prompted her and her family to act and hide as many Jews as possible. The property is pretty easy to locate, once you have located the huge cathedral in the town centre. The ten Boom Jewelry Store is still in operation today and selling watched with the ten Boom name. The entrance to the home (museum) is along the side in the alley. This was the family home and the clock that the family placed in the window to indicate if it was safe to enter, still sits in the window today. The museum is staffed by volunteers and runs off donations. The tours alternate hourly, one down in Dutch the next in English, with a maximum of 25 participants per tour. So, if you arrive, be sure to quickly check the time for the tour you need and get there about 25 minutes ahead of the next tour time! The family home is furnished much as it was when the family lived there. The tour guide tells of the family history and how the ten Boom's came to protect and hide so many Jewish people. No pictures are allowed in the main areas, but they are allowed in the Corrie's room where the actual 'Hiding Place' is located. The guide tells how quickly people were able to get into the location, 80 seconds for 6 people, after much practice! There was a 'doorbell' system that when pressed alerted the people to go to the hiding place immediately. It is still functioning today. For anyone that loves history and the heroic tales of common people that stepped up and protected the Jewish during the Holocaust, this is a must see. Many do not know that Corrie survived Auschwitz-Berneau and lived to tell her stories until age 91. She wrote many books, some of which are available for sale at the end of the tour. Books are available in multiple languages.

Visited April 2013
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Milton Keynes, England
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“An inspirational visit”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

We knew the story of the Hiding Place and had reserved a place on the visit while staying in Amsterdam, which I would recommend for groups or larger families. The tour starts in the living room with a narrative of the story and of the Christian faith of those living there during the dark years of World War 2. This was followed by a visit to the Hiding Place itself - with an opportunity to crawl into it - and description of various pictures and artefacts from that time and later. A moving experience, which I recommend for anyone who can cope with steep staircases! There is no charge for the tour, but donations are sought and some merchandise (books, DVDs etc) are available.

Visited April 2013
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“Getting to know more about the life of Corrie ten Boom”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

It was great and a wonderful experience visiting the house of Corrie ten Boom. The entire tour lasts about an hour and it is free of charge. During the tour we are able to see the Hiding place where she and family kept the Jews during WWII.

Visited May 2012
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