Since I was 10 years old, I have studied the life of Corrie Ten Boom and others like her who have suffered terrible atrocities for rescuing the Jews during the Holocaust of WW2. Corrie’s family was not Jewish, but they risked everything to save those around them. They didn’t hesitate to help those in serious trouble.
About a year ago, I caught the tail end of a Focus on the Family broadcast. It was a woman with a Dutch accent telling a small part of her story of evading the German officers who were trying to arrest her because of her efforts in the Dutch Resistance movement.
I missed the end of the broadcast, so I ordered the book. To put it mildly, I was absolutely blown away by her story. I would only hope that I could have her courage if ever faced with the evil she and her friends and family faced and fought.
Diet Eman loved Jesus. She was passionate about following his will, no matter what that meant. She was engaged to a man who loved Jesus just as much as she did. Their love story reminded me so much of me and Rob when we were dating. They were great friends, yet partners in a greater cause they knew they were born for.
She and her friends were certainly "wise as serpents and innocent as doves," as Jesus called us to be. I am blown away by their dedication in saving people around them. They faced insurmountable odds, yet God guided them again and again.
Diet and Corrie were from the same town. They were at the same prison for a while. After the war they became good friends. They suffered together. They saved God’s people together. Diet’s fiancé’ Hein died in a prison camp. Her story was a long time in coming because it was simply too painful for her to tell. I am so glad she decided to. I am a better person for reading this book. This photo is one of me at Auschwitz a few years ago. I wrote my thoughts about that experience here if you want to check it out.
I am so thankful for this woman. I have a new hero.
The book Things We Couldn’t Say has just been re-released with new photos. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It will inspire you to be more of who you are wherever you are, and challenge you to your core about your beliefs and what you would do if you were in Diet’s situation.
Take a minute and order it here. You’ll be glad you did.