Casper ten Boom was born in Amsterdam Netherlands back in 1859. His father owned a watch shop, so when he turned eighteen he started his own jewelry store in Amsterdam. In 1884 he met and married Cornelia. He was a devout Christian.
Starting in 1919 his family took in the first of many foster children which they would shelter over the years. During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands they started sheltering Jewish people who were trying to escape the Nazis at their home. In 1942 a woman asked them for help. She told him her husband had been arrested by the Nazis and her son went into hiding. His reply was “In this household, God’s people are always welcome.”
In 1944 the Gestapo raided his house and arrest him, his daughters and his son Willem, taking a total of 30 people out of the home. During interrogation by the Gestapo they told him they would release him because of his age so he could “die in his own bed”. You’ll love his reply, he told them “If I go home today, tomorrow I will open my door to anyone who knocks for help.” They asked him if he knew he could die for helping Jews he replied: “It would be an honor to give my life for God’s chosen people.” He died 10 days later at The Hague Municipal Hospital at 84.