Corrie and her sister Betsie opened their home to refugees during the German invasion of the Netherlands to both Jews and members of the resistance movement; a safe-haven from the Gestapo and its Dutch counterpart. In — Corrie and Betsie were discovered and arrested. They were eventually sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp, a women's labor camp in Germany. After hard days at work, they would hold worship services using a Bible that they had managed to sneak in. Before Betsie died, she told Corrie, "There is no pit so deep that He [God] is not deeper still." Fifteen days after her sister’s death Corrie was released. Afterwards she was told that her release was due to a clerical error and that a week later, all the women in her age group were sent to the gas chambers. After Corrie was released, she returned home and opened her doors to care for the mentally disabled.
This 8x10" print with archival paper and inks is mailed in a cellophane sleeve with chip board backing to prevent bending, and a paragraph about her story. Watermark will not remain on high quality print.
The women in my “Heroes & Strangers” portrait series were selected because of their courage and bravery during World War II. There are thousands of stories like theirs; ordinary men and women being extraordinary lights during dark times.
To the faces of their rescued, they are heroes. To most of us, just generations apart, they are strangers at worst, forgotten at best.
My hope is that those who see these portraits memorize their names, know their faces, and are inspired by their stories to find courage for these present times.
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