Casper ten Boom

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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. 

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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

That was a terrible time in human history in my opinion. Great story

Mar 15, 2017 05:08 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Interesting story...and a brave man for his stand on humanity.

Mar 15, 2017 05:09 AM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is a great example of the strength of your convictions in the presence of evil.

Mar 15, 2017 05:15 AM #3
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Love these stories of people who sacrifice everything to do the right thing.

Mar 15, 2017 05:15 AM #4
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  Thanks for posting this story of an amazing man.  I wish we had more like him in the United States today.

Mar 15, 2017 05:25 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. For some there is no detour from conviction! He was special! Enjoy your day!

Mar 15, 2017 05:40 AM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

That was a terrible time in our history. Thank you for honoring this amazing man in your post this morning.

Mar 15, 2017 06:06 AM #7
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

More should live by his convictions!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 15, 2017 06:31 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Wow, this is a really amazing man and a real hero.

Mar 15, 2017 06:44 AM #9
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

The world would be a better place if we had more people like this fine man in it. He made the world better for so many. Thank you for bringing him to our attention.

Mar 15, 2017 07:44 AM #10
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like such an incredible man and the world would certainly be a better place, if more people were like him!

Mar 15, 2017 09:49 AM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I don't know if I could be that brave but thank you for showing me a person who was James Dray 

Mar 15, 2017 10:51 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James-like Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington I wonder if I could be that courageous.  Thank you for sharing his information. 

Mar 15, 2017 11:04 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an amazing story you shared with us.  Courage is not one of traits we all have in this rate of abundance...A

Mar 15, 2017 01:58 PM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

A Very sad story, a very sad time, and yet another story of a very brave person who had a difficult mission here on earth of helping God's people devastated by evil.

Mar 19, 2017 08:13 PM #15
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