The Netherlands Part 6 The Ten Boom Clock Shop and The Hiding Place

Jerry is pointing at the trap door of the hiding place.

Jerry is pointing at the trap door of the hiding place.

 Walking through Haarlem we finally came to the ten Boom Clock Shop and the Hiding Place! What a thrill! This was a dream come true! In fact, we arrived a short time before a tour would be beginning through the whole house. We went across the street to a tea house while we waited for the tour. After our long walk we were ready for good refreshments!
Picture 1 The dining room window looks out to the alley. A triangle sign was put in this window to signal friends.

Picture 2 shows Jerry pointing at the door to the hiding place! This was on the third floor of the house. We went up a spiral staircase to Corrie’s bedroom.

Picture 3 shows me in the hiding place! They cut the wall so we could see in and even step into it. It was very small.

I hope you’ll click on the pictures to see details.

Picture 4 is of Jerry and me in front of the ten Boom Clock Shop!

Picture 5 shows inside the clock shop. This is where Corrie sat everyday working. There was a wall behind her but it has been removed for some reason.

Picture 6 shows the living room which is above the clock shop.

Picture 7 shows the side door. It opens out to the alley. This is the door the family and friends used. It’s also the door the police came to when they arrested the family for hiding Jews. I must add here: the Jews were never found! When it was safe they escaped across the roof tops!

Pictures 8 & 9  The ten Boom Clock Shop is the smallest building on the block.

So there you have it. One of the most thrilling trips I’ve had! I have so many books of Corrie ten Boom’s. We couldn’t thank Vivian, Tom and Jasper enough for taking us. They enjoyed it too and were glad to learn of a heroin in their own country!

If you don’t know about Corrie ten Boom or the Hiding Place I highly recommend her books: The Hiding Place, Each New Day, Prison Letters,This Day Is The Lord’s, Tramp For The Lord, Plenty For Everyone, Amazing Love, Corrie’s Christmas Memories, and the movie, The Hiding Place. Another book written by one of the men who was hidden in this house is also very good reading, Return To The Hiding Place. by Hans Poley.

The living room on the second floor of the house, above the clock shop

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I can't believe I'm in old age! I'm now in my eighties! I'm a child of God, wife to one, mother to five, grandmother to 15 plus two granddaughters-in-law! I'm a great-grandma now! I'm a sister, aunt, cousin, friend and neighbor. I'm a housewife and former ESL tutor. I love reading and writing. I've just retired from writing and editing a newsletter, Prime Time News, for seniors. I love genealogy, traveling, birds and animals, blogging and taking pictures.
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298 Responses to The Netherlands Part 6 The Ten Boom Clock Shop and The Hiding Place

  1. Kathy McFadden says:

    Hi Anita – I just re-read The Hiding Place again last summer. I found it among some things of my mothers. She also loved Corrie TenBoom too. Her ladies church group used it for a Bible Study. My Dad brought a couple of Dutch families to our farm in the early 50’s, when the revolution was on. We have been friends all our lives. We have wooden shoes and windmills somewhere too!! I love your writing and your blog!!!


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