Disclosure: Many thanks to The Hiding Place LLC for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.
As a child, I was a voracious reader who devoured anything in writing that was in my path, including the selections on my mother's bookshelves. One of those books was Corrie ten Boom's, "The Hiding Place."
The ten Boom family was a typical loving brood, who were pretty much volunteered by circumstance to provide shelter to Jewish refugees at the height of World War II. It was a role they embraced without hesitation, and of course it was not without consequence. Severe consequence.
The journey, however, is one of compassion, sacrifice and love. Corrie ten Boom's father was asked if he knew the stakes of helping those in dire circumstance and need. He stated that he did, but he said he was too old to fear death (for surely that would be his fate). He left the decision to continue up to his daughters, Corrie and Betsy/ They agreed to move forward (knowing death could be their fate as well).
Movies like this can be hard to watch; they are very unsettling. Yet, I think it is important to recount such things. We have to remember how dreadful they were...how unthinkable... and do everything in our power to prevent history from repeating itself.
What About the Fleas (see title)?
In the title, I wrote, "Thank God for the Fleas." That is something I have been saying for years, and I got it from the book. There is a scene in it where Corrie's sister says they should be thankful for everything including the pesky fleas bothering them in the concentration camp. Later we discover that the guards refused to go into that room because of the fleas. That provided an opening for the women (and children) to fellowship: read a tiny, smuggled Bible together and pray.
Can I get a Witness?
I am an educator, and we were fortunate enough to have Holocaust survivors come to our school annually, prior to the pandemic (a lack of funding stopped the program after the quarantine, which is a shame). They would tell us their memories and it was riveting. There were several panels of people who went to different areas of the school to talk to the children. All of the panel members were supposed to talk, but once the first speaker began, they would inevitably take up all of the time. No one was upset about it. They all lived the same story and were just grateful to still be alive to tell it.
It was hard to hear them sometimes. The survivors are so old their voices are fading now, figuratively and literally speaking. It was still one of the most profound experiences our students were ever lucky enough to experience.
World War II. Darkness has fallen over Europe, and the boots of the Third Reich echo through the streets. But on a quiet city corner in the Netherlands, some choose to resist. Corrie Ten Boom and her family risk everything to hide Jewish refugees by the hundreds, and they ultimately face the consequences when they are discovered.
THE HIDING PLACE is their story—a story of faith, hope, love, and forgiveness in the face of unthinkable evil. This powerful cinematic presentation was adapted for the stage by A. S. Peterson, directed for the stage by Matt Logan, and filmed for cinema audiences in Nashville, Tennessee
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