Casper ten Boom (May 18,
1859 – March 10, 1944) was a Dutch Christian who helped many Jews
escape the Nazis during World War II.
He is the father of author
Corrie ten Boom
. He died March 10
, while in the
after being arrested by the Nazis.
Boom was the son of Caspar Ten Boom(1816-1892) and the grandson of
Gerrit ten Boom, a gardener on the Hofstede estate in Heemstede. In 1837 Willem started a watch shop in
Casper was born in 1859. When Casper was
eighteen years old, he started a jewelry store in Amsterdam. While
he was there, he started a work among the poor people called
Tot Heil des Volks
(For the Salvation of the People). In
Sunday School he met and married Cor Luitingh in 1884.Ten Boom was a
watchmaker from Haarlem, Netherlands.
He and his wife Cor had three daughters
(Cornelia Arnolda Johanna "Corrie"
(1892-1983), Elisabeth "Betsie"
(1885-1944), and Arnolda Johanna "Nollie" (1890-October 22, 1953)
and a son, Willem (November 21, 1886-December 13, 1946). Another
child, Hendrick Jan (September 12, 1888-March 6, 1889), died in
infancy. His wife died in 1921 from a stroke. Willem and Nollie
both married and moved away, leaving Casper with his two unmarried
daughters Corrie and Betsie in their home and workshop. The Ten
Boom family were members of the Protestant Dutch
Activities during the Holocaust
The family of Casper was a devout generous Christian family, and
according to The Hiding
, in 1918, the family took in the first of many
foster children that they would shelter over the years. During the
Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Casper became very active in
helping Jewish people fleeing from the Nazis. In May 1942 a woman
came to the Ten Booms asking for help. Nervously, she told Ten Boom
that she was a Jew and that her husband had been arrested several
months before, and her son had gone into hiding. Occupation
authorities had recently visited her, and she was too fearful to
return home. After hearing about how they had previously helped
other Jews fleeing the Nazi Holocaust
asked if she might stay with them, and Casper readily agreed. A
devoted reader of the Old Testament
Casper ten Boom believed Jews were indeed "the chosen," and told
the woman, "In this household, God's people are always welcome."
When the Nazis
began requiring all Jews to
wear the Star of David
, he voluntarily
wore one also.
Arrest and death
On February 28 1944
the Gestapo raided his house and arrested Casper and his daughters.
As he was
interrogated, the Gestapo told him
they would release him because of his age so that he could "die in
his own bed".
He replied: "If I go home today, tomorrow I
will open my door to anyone who knocks for help". On March 10
, Casper died at the Hague Municipal
Hospital at the age of 84 after only ten days in Scheveningen Prison
Casper was asked if he knew he could die for helping Jews, he
replied, "It would be an honor to give my life for God's chosen
- Corrie Ten Boom,Father Ten Boom: God's Man. Old
Tappen, New Jersey: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1978.
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Dave Jackson, Neta Jackson. The Complete Book of Christian
Heroes: Over 200 Stories of Courageous People. Tyndale House Publishers,
- Corrie ten Boom museum - history