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Facing The Lion

Updated on January 3, 2015

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 society´s overwhelming preassure.


Autobiography written by Simone Arnold Liebster

Excerpt:

"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 don´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 girl´s struggle to keep her faith in a world which had gone mad"

- Ernst Rodin, author

Facing the Lion (Abridged Edition): Memoirs of a Young Girl in Nazi Europe
Facing the Lion (Abridged Edition): Memoirs of a Young Girl in Nazi Europe

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

So many horror camps
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 woman´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.

Source photo and some of the text credits

Christine E King says:

"...A compelling read. As Simone´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

The World Must Know: The History of the Holocaust as Told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The World Must Know: The History of the Holocaust as Told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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. Ehrlich´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....!"

Take time to read this book and later tell me what you think.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      I have heard of this book before, and would love to read it. During her last year of high school for her senior project, my daughter wrote an extensive report on the persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses in Nazi Germany. She called it "Bibelforscher: Martyrs of the Holocaust." That was a few years ago, and I would like to read more about it again. Thank you for reminding me about this book.

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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for writing this article and telling the story of this woman who witnessed the most horrific case of child abuse and torture the world has ever known.

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      Glenda Motsavage 5 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Thank you for teaching me something today - sounds like a must read for anyone with a heart!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      Excellent biography book choice. I have not read this...for me it would be a hard read emotionally. I was on a tour of Europe some years back and the tour bus stopped at one of the concentration camps. I did not get off the bus...as the environment had such a dark and ungodly cloud over it. Thanks for sharing her life and books.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I have read this book, it's a great lesson for all parents. Our children need to be convinced of what is right and wrong themselves, not only because we say it.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Fascinating book - good lens, and my vote for the biography quest. Pinned, digg-ed and blessed.

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      Normyo Yonormyo 5 years ago

      Thanks for this review of another group of victims of the Nazi prosecution.Good to read that even a twelfth year old can stand up to people who simple do what they are told.

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      kcsantos 5 years ago

      I haven't heard of this book but now I'm interested to read it. Thanks for sharing!

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      @PlethoraReader: yes, thats why I must try and find this book to read too - even if I don't agree with her religion. But then I don't agree with any religion. I just want to read this precisely because its NOT a jewish story.

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      Now this book I must try to find. She was sent to the camps because she was a Jehovah's Witness - NOT because she was jewish. That is a refreshing change from all the others I see.

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      Matthew 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      Great article. Too often we forget about the other groups that were persecuted by Hitler due to the tremendous numbers of Jews that were killed. Absolutely will have to check out this book. Blessed!

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Excellent review! It is hard to imagine what a terrible nightmare they went through - it breaks my heart just looking at the picture of Simone.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Thank you for reviewing this book. It sounds like an important book that we can learn from from this terrible era.

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