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April 2010: The Travels of Corrie Ten Boom
Above: A page from Corrie's 1946 Dutch passport
Below: Detail from the first page of the first English issue of her newsletter.
Corrie Ten Boom is probably best known for her autobiography, The
Hiding Place. In that book she tells the story of how
her family in the Netherlands, because of their Christian faith, helped
to hide Jewish refugees from the Nazis and her own experiences in a
concentration camp because of this.
Equally remarkable is her story after the war, which she told in Tramp
for the Lord and other books. In 1946, at the age of 54,
she began to travel as an evangelist. First she would speak in her own
country and nearby lands, especially Germany. For more than three decades
she traveled the world, visiting each continent except Antarctica. Everywhere,
she spoke from her own experience about how Jesus never abandoned her,
even at her darkest hour.
The Archives has some interesting documents, illustrating
her travels. One is a set of her passports, starting just after the
war and continuing into the 1970s. The visas and stamps in these passports
show her travels, first through the various military occupation zones
of Germany during the immediate postwar era and then throughout the world. The other set
of documents are her monthly newsletters in a variety of languages.
She sent these to her supporters every month, describing her latest
adventures. On this page are links to some images from both.
to see some of the pages from Corrie's passports for the 1940s and 50s
(Collection 78, Box 3, Folder 6)
to see some of Corrie's newsletters from the 1950 and 1960s (Collection
78, Box 3, Folders 6 and 9)
to go to the guide to the BGC Archives collection of Corrie Ten Boom
material (Collection 78)
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