The Hiding Place is the true story of the struggle of Corrie Ten Boom and her family during World War II when they helped Jews escape persecution by providing hidden shelter in their own home. They were ultimately imprisoned for it.
In chapter 2, Corrie, who follows in her father's footsteps to become a watchmaker, is recalling her early childhood when, aged six, she is reluctant to go to school. Her father takes her himself "Howling and struggling." Previously, Corrie would have been able to go with him to Amsterdam where he goes every Monday in order to check the official time according to The Naval Observatory. Now she will only be able to go with him in the summer, having to go to school instead.
Amsterdam is only a thirty minute train ride and Father goes early, visits the wholesalers from whom he buys parts and watches and then waits for the "time signal" from the Observatory. Many of the wholesalers he visits are Jewish and he spends time discussing and debating over the merits of the Bible and the Torah, the men "reveling in each other's company."