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News and Events

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

 

Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose Exhibit
April 1-30
Student Center Lobby
Scottsdale Community College
9000 East Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

This 13-panel exhibition created by the Arnold-Liebster Foundation examines the lives and experiences of young Jehovah’s Witnesses who suffered due to their refusal to accept Nazi ideology.

Simone and Rudolf, two young, persecuted Jehovah’s Witnesses, narrate the stories of their families and friends. Each panel heading poses a probing question for young viewers. Short, true-life accounts show how young Jehovah’s Witnesses answered these questions when faced with Nazi persecution. Using both historical and modern graphics, the exhibit seeks to touch the core of each visitor, to help us all to think about our identify and values.

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Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose

 

Arizona Council for History Education Annual Conference
SRP Corporate Office
1500 N. Mill Avenue
Tempe, Arizona
August 25, 2018

The Arnold-Liebster Foundation’s session “Standing Out and Standing Up in Nazi Europe” will feature an interview with Holocaust-era survivor Simone Arnold Liebster and an exhibit table with educator handouts and resources.

 

Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism
Special Exhibition: Persecution of the 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.

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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.”

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