Memoirs of a Young Girl in Nazi Europe
Simone Arnold Liebster
Simone Arnold and her family were devout members of the evangelical Christian movement known as Jehovah’s Witnesses and living in Nazi occupied Alsace-Lorraine during World War II. Like the Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, Communists, and political liberals, the Jehovah Witnesses were targeted by the Nazi’s for extermination. Shunned by the community at the direction of the Nazis, rounded up and imprisoned in concentration camps, starved, beaten, abused, and publicly humiliated, all that Simone and her family would have had to do to avoid arrest and persecution was to simply sign a piece of paper renouncing their religion. Facing The Lion is the compelling autobiographical account of a young girl’s faith and courage, and her refusal to accept the Nazi party and remain loyal to her faith — despite her father’s being sent to the camps and she separated from her mother and interned in a reform school for purposes of “reeducation”. Facing The Lion is a compelling and highly recommended testament to both Nazi atrocity and the endurance of the human spirit, a detailed view of life during Hitler’s ill-fated regime and an inspiration to future generations having to cope with overwhelming pressure to conform in violation of heartfelt beliefs.
by Midwest Book Review