A humanitarian, evangelist, and author Cornelia ten Boom (1892-1983) was born in Haarlem, Holland, the heart of Amsterdam's Jewish community. She was the town's first female watch maker.
"We donít give the orders -- we just report for duty," she once said of her faith and service to others.
When Hitler's army attacked Holland in 1940, the amazing and brave ten Boom turned her home into a Hiding Place, el Beje, a refuge for Jews.
Betrayed in 1944 by a man who came to her for help, ten Boom was imprisoned in the Ravensbruck concentration camp, "the notorious women's death camp."
In spite of the horrific living conditions, she led secret prayer meetings and continued to inspire others with faith and hope. "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God," she said. Ten Boom was released from prison by a clerical error, one week before all the women her age were killed.
"The message that God forgives has a prior condition: that we forgive those who have injured us," she said of the experience. After the war, this remarkable woman focused on forgiveness and opened a rehabilitation center for Germans who worked under the Nazi regime.
"The measure of life," she said, "after all, is not its duration, but its donation."
Faith sees through the fog.