*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc., expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week.
Today’s photo prompt reminds me of 2 things: A crown of thorns & a concentration camp. That’s why I have given an excerpt from the book THE HIDING PLACE (also made into a film) on the Ten Boom family of watchmakers, who worked to save Jews in Holland.
Genre: History Words: 103
“And that’s when I saw him, working his way forward against the others.
One moment I saw the overcoat and the brown hat; the next, a blue uniform and a visored cap with its skull and crossbones.
It came back with a rush: the huge room with its harsh overhead lights, the pathetic pile of dresses and shoes in the center of the floor, the shame of walking naked past this man.
I could see my sister’s frail form ahead of me, ribs sharp beneath the parchment skin.
This man had been a guard at Ravensbruck concentration camp where we were sent. …”
*Corrie was in Ravensbruck with her sister Betsie in the concentration camp. Betsie died in the camp while Corrie was released. She was one who lived what she preached, viz. Forgive your enemies. During one of her meetings in Germany, she meets a former camp guard. Her reactions & subsequent acceptance of the man who stood before her as Christian are worth a read.
The title is also from one of her famous quotes: There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.
“God does not have problems. Only plans,” proclaimed Corrie ten Boom when a clerical error allowed her to be released from a Nazi concentration camp one week before all women prisoners her age were executed.
Though she was released from the horror of Ravensbruck concentration camp, Corrie continued to live with a remarkable reliance on God, just as her family had as they hid Jews from Nazi terror. Generations of ten Booms held Christian prayer meetings for Israel for 100 years prior to World War II. Traveling the world as an ambassador of the power of forgiveness in Christ, Corrie later established rehabilitation centers to help other Holocaust survivors.