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News and Events

Press Release: July 17, 2018
Museum Remains Deeply Concerned Over The Russian Government’s Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses

 

April 7, 2017
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Expresses Deep Concern Over Treatment of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

 

 

Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown, NY
Canaries in the Coal Mine of Human Rights: Seventy-Five Years After West Virginia v. Barnette
Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17

The Robert H. Jackson Center will host a two-day event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. Barnette.

On Wednesday, October 17 from 1:00-2:00 pm EST, Simone Liebster will be interviewed during a Skype conversation with Marie Barnett Snodgrass and Louise Blanton.

For more information about the program and historical exhibition

 

“Jehovah’s Witnesses: Standing Firm in Their Faith During World War II”
by Giovani and Mikaila Bardessono, Grade 12, Prosser High School, Prosser, Washington
National History Day 2017
Theme: Taking a Stand in History
Regionals Senior Group Performance
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The Schoolgirl, The Nazis And The Purple Triangles
Award-winning 30-minute documentary film by Jonathan Lewis looks at the Nazi persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses through the eyes of a young schoolgirl. Based on the book "Facing the Lion: Memoirs of a Young Girl in Nazi Europe" by Simone Arnold Liebster.

The Schoolgirl, The Nazis And The Purple Triangles

Watch a 3 minute clip from the film.

Watch the full film available for classroom use.

 

“Hildegard Kusserow: Jehovah’s Witnesses Refuse to Compromise During the Conflict of the Holocaust”
by Katie North, Grade 8
St. Clair Jr. High, St. Clair, Missouri
National History Day 2018
Theme: Conflict and Compromise in History
First Place State Junior Individual Performance
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Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism
Special Exhibition: The Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Munich 1933–1945
September 27, 2018-January 7, 2019

The Jehovah’s Witnesses were subjected to repressions and persecution during the Nazi era on account of their religious convictions. In a special exhibition accompanied by a catalogue the Documentation Centre will provide a comprehensive overview of the history of the persecution of this religious community in Munich, drawing on many new sources. From 1933 a number of repressive measures were taken against the Jehovah’s Witnesses until they were eventually banned. They tried to defend themselves through major leafleting campaigns aimed at drawing the ban on their community to public attention. In addition, thousands of letters of protest and telegrams were sent to the German government, including some from abroad. The Jehovah’s Witnesses refused to give the Hitler salute or to fight in the war and were consequently subjected to terrible repressions. In the concentration camps they were kept separate from the other prisoners. Had they sworn allegiance to the Nazi state, they could have liberated themselves from the camps, but very few of them did so. After the Second World War began, refusing to perform military service was punishable with the death penalty, and the vast majority of those executed were Jehovah’s Witnesses. This state-sanctioned murder was the reason why after the war the right to refuse military service was enshrined in the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an event programme and a catalogue.

For more information about the exhibition

 

Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism
Open Door Day
Sunday, December 16, 2018

For the first time, the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism will invite the public to an Open Day including several free guided tours. Entrance will be free of charge for the permanent exhibition ‘Munich and National Socialism’, to the current special exhibition ‘The Persecution of Jehovah?s Witnesses in Munich 1933–1945’ and to the Learning Centre. During the Open Day free tours of the permanent exhibition will be offered hourly in various languages.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an event programme and a catalogue.

For more information about Open Door Day

 

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Theme Tour: Jehovah’s Witnesses in Dachau Concentration Camp - Resistance Based on Religious Conviction
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Also called “Bible Students,” Jehovah’s Witnesses were among the first to be banned and those who refused to conform were imprisoned in concentration camps. How could they preserve their faith and Christian identity in the camps despite harsh Nazi persecution? How was it possible to survive as a group?

These questions, as well as background information about this prisoners’ group, will be examined during the tour through documents and biographies of Jehovah’s Witness camp inmates.

Included will be information about Adolphe Arnold, co-founder of the Arnold-Liebster Foundation and father of Simone Arnold Liebster. He was incarcerated in Dachau from December 5, 1941, to August 17, 1944, for refusing to denounce his beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness. His family smuggled Scripture passages inside cookies they sent him, which he referred to as “vitamins.”

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For more information about Adolphe Arnold in Dachau

 

 

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“What enabled us to offer moral resistance and stay firm in the face of a tyrannical state?

Drawing by Simone Arnold, 12, subjected to a grilling in Mulhouse (Alsace), March 1943“Our strong convictions helped us reject omnipresent propaganda, respond to hateful persecution with love and forgiveness, and conquer despair thanks to our firm hope.

“May these reflections, testimonies, and narratives help our visitors understand that intolerance leads to exclusion, persecution, and ultimately annihilation.

“May these historical accounts likewise inspire strength and courage in those suffering oppression of all kinds.”

The founders

 

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