Facing The Lion
The Faith of a Young girl
A young girl was born in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France. She was together with loving parents and family. Loving life and eventually also got a strong faith in her Creator and the Bible.
World war II hit the French people and Simones school turned into a nazi propganda mashine. The Nazi party is like a fearsome LION. They worked hard to get Simone Arnold to make her see that the Nazi party is above God. Her Father was sent to a German concentration camp and Simone is sent to a reeducating school. There she found out that her mother too was sent to a camp. For years the Nazis tried to make Simone change her religion but she stood firm for years. This book is about a really strong girl and her determination to Face the Lion. A young girl who stands up for her believes in the face of societyÂ´s overwhelming preassure.
Autobiography written by Simone Arnold Liebster
"Cycling the long kilometers between Oderen and Mulhouse to get some cheese and butter.....Suddenly, two motorcycles with sidecars came down the road. The men wore helmets that even covered their foreheads. A black car followed slowly behind. A chill ran down my back. 'Quick Hide! we donÂ´t say Heil Hitler' Hurry down in the ditch!....... As the car drove by slowly, we held our breath. Lying flat on ou stomachs in the grass, I was so afraid they would hear our hearts beating faster and faster. Two officers sat in th back seat of the topless car. In the front, the man next to the uniformed driver stood erect, holding on to the from windshield with both hands. It was Hitler!
"....a shining example for the power of the spirit to triumph over evil.....an eloquent firsthand account of a little girlÂ´s struggle to keep her faith in a world which had gone mad"
- Ernst Rodin, author
The story is written with warm details and icecold events.
Simone has put many real photos and pictures all through her book.
All of them makes the story even more real to us. All these terrible and crule years of the third Reich.
So many horror camps
Jack Fischel says:
"...well written...adds to our understanding of the Nazi persecution of non Jews. A reveiting memoir of a young womanÂ´s defiance against Nazi persecution."
The prisoners were marked in different ways
Simone and her Parents had a purple triangle on the chest
In Germany under the Nazi regime, Jehovah's witnesses refused to say heil Hitler. Because they maintained neutrality. Therefore, they did not say heil to Hitler's rule. So the Nazis cruelly persecuted them, and sent some 12,000 witnesses for different lengths of time in prisons and concentration camps. About 2,000 of them died and hundreds being executed.
What did the purple triangle on their prison clothes signify? "The various categories of prisoners in the [Nazi] camps carried special distinguishing marks," explains the book Anatomy of the SS State.
"The uniform system of marking introduced before the war consisted in sewing a triangular piece of material on to each prisoner's uniform, the color depending on his category: For political prisoners, red; for Jehovah's Witnesses, purple; for anti-socials, black; for criminals, green; for homosexuals, pink; for emigrants, blue. In addition to the coloured triangle, Jewish prisoners were made to wear a yellow triangle sewn on to the coloured triangle in such a way as to form typical David's star.
- People in the concentration camps
In the so called Holocaust were many more groups of prisoners. The jews were in largest number but there were many more inocent people.
- Arnold Liebsters page
The Arnold Liebster Foundation seeks to promote peace, tolerance, human rights, and religious freedom by peaceful and non political means
Christine E King says:
"...A compelling read. As SimoneÂ´s daily life changes from the simplicity of her earliest days, we see, with her, the corrupting impact of German occupation. With her and through her story, we come to put new pictures to the familar story of the Nazi regime...."
The world must know
These people and this time must NEVER be forgotten! For now, we have eye witnesses and prisoners who were released from these camps. However, soon we will have only the Books written and testimonies on paper with Photos that can make anyone cry!
Holocaust in all its fearsome photos
Willim Shulman says
"This book will be an important contribution to the literature on the Holocaust..useful in understanding that the 'sea of terror' extended to other vicitms besides the Jews!"
More literature about Simone and her family
Excerpt from Facing the Lion:
Simone Arnold did not bring a sum of money to Jr. Ehrlich in the youth camp.
"Where is your money?" he shouted
"I have none."
"Ha-ha! Your mother has not paid. We will see about this!"
"My mother does not know anything about that youth camp. I this my personal decision. I will not go to her! I refuse!"
He pulled my ear and some hair, dragging me to the front of the classroom. His hysterical voice terrified the whole class.....experience to hear the filthy words spouting out of Mr. EhrlichÂ´s mouth along with his spit.
Pacing around me lke an animal circling its prey, he screamed "Look at her! At twelve years old she makes her own decisions. That is the way the Bibelforschers raise their children! Ha-Ha!...... You rebellious creature , you...you....!"