The autobiographies of Simone Arnold-Liebster and Max Liebster are important contributions to the literature of memory about persecution and genocide under National Socialism.
Simone Arnold-Liebster’s book “Facing the Lion: Memoirs of a Young Girl in Nazi Europe” has been translated into numerous languages. It is a moving testimony to her persecution as a teenager and her resistance to the Nazi dictatorship. According to recognized experts such as Sybil Milton, Hans Hesse and Abraham J. Peck, it is one of the most impressive memoir books about the Nazi persecution of a young person.
The book and the story of young Simone are also used in the educational work of the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, which coordinates Germany’s commemoration of the Holocaust. “Facing the Lion” is used as school reading in the United States and other countries. An abridged version and accompanying educational materials are available.
Max Liebster’s memoir, “Crucible of Terror: A Story of Survival Through the Nazi Storm”, has been praised by genocide scholar John K. Roth and historians Henry Friedlander and Detlef Garbe as important testimony of the Holocaust. This book has also been translated into several languages.
In addition, the Arnold-Liebster Foundation promotes the publication of works that serve to commemorate the victims of Nazi persecution or other forms of mass violence and persecution. A close partner in this effort is the renowned Luxembourg publishing house Editions Schortgen.
The three-volume work “Jehovah’s Witnesses in Europe”, published by LIT-Verlag, which for the first time laid the foundations of a European history of persecution of the Christian minority of Jehovah’s Witnesses, was also supported by the Arnold-Liebster Foundation.