Corrie ten Boom is the protagonist of "The Hiding Place." Corrie is a joyful middle-aged woman, unmarried and unfashionable, who dedicates her life to serving others and sharing the Bible. She is Holland's first licensed female watchmaker.
Betsie is seven years older than Corrie. She is frail because of anemia but enjoys making every place she goes more homely and warm. Her chestnut hair and elegant figure make her very graceful, but her kindness towards others is her defining characteristic.
In addition to being an expert watchmaker, Casper ten Boom is the patriarch of the family and beloved by the town of Haarlem.
Willem is the oldest ten Boom child, who works as a minister and runs a nursing home for elderly Jewish people.
Nollie is Corrie's older sister who trained to be a teacher and then married a colleague named Flip van Woerden. She is extremely cheerful and tells the truth at any cost.
Peter is Willem's son, who has extraordinary musical ability. He is Corrie's favorite nephew.
Mama (Cornelia ten Boom) spends most of her life indoors, but this does not prevent her from caring for Haarlem in the form of clothing and food.
She is an aunt who comes to live at the Beje. An austere woman, she writes Christian pamphlets and raises funds for social causes. She also has diabetes.
She is another aunt living at the Beje.
She was a governess her whole life and now resides at the Beje. She has tuberculosis and is never happy with anything or anyone.
The ten Boom sisters nickname Meyer Mossel, Eusie, when he comes to live at the Beje. He was the cantor of a synagogue, but has to go into hiding because he is Jewish. Eusie is humorous, intelligent and well-mannered.
His real name is Herman Sluring, but his friends think he resembles the illustrations from the Dickens work. Pickwick is terribly ugly, but a great friend who works in the underground movement in Holland.
He is Corrie's one-time love, who must marry someone rich and prestigious.
Lieutenant Rahms holds Corrie's hearing while she is in Scheveningen. He likes flowers and his family, who he worries about daily. He hates his work at the prison and feels a lot of darkness in his life.
He is a young German watchmaker who believes in Nationalist ideology and disrespects the elderly. After being fired from the watch shop for mistreating Christoffels, He joins the army.
She is the accountant at the watch shop.
A quiet and reserved man, Christoffels He was a traveling watch repairman who came to work at the ten Boom shop where he grows fiercely devoted to the family.
Rolf van Vliet
Rolf is a red-haired policeman who aids Corrie in her underground work.
Fred works at the Food office and provides ration cards for Corrie's operation.
Tine is a nurse who marries Willem, who have four children together.
Flip van Woerden
Flip marries Nollie. They live with their six children in Haarlem where Flip works as a principle.
Kik van Woerden
Kik is Nollie's son who does work for the resistance and is arrested for helping a parachutist get to safety.
Harry de Vries
Corries calls him "The Bulldog" because he looks like his beloved pets. He is a Jewish man who has converted to Christianity.
Cato de Vries
She is Harry's Christian wife.
He is a famous European architect who builds the secret hiding place in the Beje.
He is the prisoner-foreman at the Phillips factory who is kind and patient with his workers.
A Jewish man who runs a competing watch shop in Haarlem.
Mr. Kan's wife who later resides at Bloemendaal.
She is a young pregnant woman in Vught; a Communist.
Mietje cleans the Haarlem prison, and she and Corrie help each other throughout the story.
She is an elderly Austrian Jewish woman who stays with Nollie, posing as a family servant.
Mary, an elderly, asthmatic Jewish lady, hides at the Beje until the Raid.
She is a young beautiful Jewish woman who hides at Nollies, disguised as a family friend.
Jan betrays several of his fellow Dutchmen to the Gestapo, including the ten Booms.
Mrs. Bierens de Haan
She is an aristocratic woman who donates her home, Bloemendaal, as a recovery center for Holocaust victims.
The General is the matron at Scheveningen and later Vught, who commands with an icy silence.
She is a guard in Ravensbruck, whose shiny dress looks snakelike. Eventually she softens a little and lets Betsie go to the sickbay.
He is the watch shop apprentice during the war years who also helps with underground work.
Cocky van Woerden
Cocky is Nollie's daughter who tells the truth no matter what.
Bob ten Boom
Bob is another of Willem's sons.
Mrs. De Boer
She owns the house where Harry and Cato stay with eighteen other young Jews.
Meta is an Italian Jewish woman hiding at the Beje.
Henk is a young Jewish lawyer hiding at the Beje.
A Jewish woman hiding at the Beje during the raid, who is an accomplished pianist.
Leendert is a young Jewish schoolteacher, who installs the electric warning system in the Beje.
He is a Jewish man who arrives at the Beje during the 100th birthday party. He escaped Munich after teenagers harassed him.
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Betsie and Corrie switch roles in Chapter Four. After Betsie becomes sick with a cold, Corrie takes over her sister's responsibilities in the watch shop, while Betsie takes over the household chores. Both women embrace the change.
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