PROMOTING REMEMBRANCE AND PEACE
We commemorate the victims of dictatorship and persecution
The Arnold Liebster Foundation was established by Nazi persecution survivors in 2002 to educate future generations in the lessons of history. A non-political, non-profit organization, it strives to keep alive the memory of victims of dictatorships and persecution. The foundation supports historical research and educational programs for the purpose of promoting peace, tolerance, human rights, and religious freedom.
On December 15, 2023, Consul General Thomas Pröpstl presented the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to contemporary witness Simone Arnold-Liebster in Chambéry, near her home in Aix-les-Bains in the French Savoy, for her services to preserving and conveying the memory of the National Socialist tyranny.
The eyewitness Simone Arnold-Liebster is available to schools and youth groups worldwide for free video conferences, which can be accompanied educationally with our educational material. We also support and organize exhibitions and events.
Adolphe and Emma Arnold wore the “purple triangle” used in the concentration camps to identify Jehovah’s Witnesses (Bible Students). They were among the approximately 14,000 members of the Christian faith community in Europe who were persecuted under National Socialism.
Historical sources document the persecution and moral resistance of Jehovah’s Witnesses and their solidarity with other victim groups. Oral history interviews and testimonies preserve the memory of what happened.
The autobiographies of the founders give a moving account of their personal experiences of persecution and have also gained recognition among experts. We promote the publication of testimonies and research on persecution and resistance.
"In Ravensbrück, the Jehovah's Witnesses were very strongly represented, they were strictly religious people. They were the best people, the Jehovah's Witnesses. They weren't only good for themselves."
"The purple triangle's moral significance is that it symbolizes a specific kind of resistance that would have been sufficient to prevent the Holocaust if it had been widely practiced in time."
"I've also seen fabulous attitudes under my window – women who came to comfort and brought water, knowing that in return they would be at the 'Wailing Wall' themselves the next day, Bibelforscher - incredible courage."