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Facing The Lion: Memoirs of a Young Girl in Nazi Europe Hardcover – April 15, 2000


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  • Hardcover: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Grammaton Press; 1st edition (April 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967936659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967936659
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Their courage is among the few truly bright moral examples during those dark times." -- John K. Roth, Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College; co-author, Different Voices: Women and the Holocaust; and Approaches to Aushwitz: The Holocaust and Its Legacy

...a shining example for the power of the spirit to triumph over evil... -- Ernst Rodin, author, War & Mayhem: Reflections of a Viennese Physician

As Simone's daily life changes ... we see, with her, the corrupting impact of German occupation. -- Christine E. King, President Staffordshire University, United Kingdom

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Thank you so much for your story Mrs. Liebster.
Stephanie Ware
I have come to realize that God does give us the strngth to carry on and that he gave Simone and her family that strength as well.
Becky
Definitely add this to your list and your children's list of "must read" books!
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95 of 95 people found the following review helpful By richard gibble on September 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book paints a portrait of life under Nazi rule that most people would otherwise never see. We are all aware of the treatment of the jews in world war II but this is the first book I've read concerning the treatment of Jehovah Witness's during this time. I knew very little about their faith when I started reading this book and even less about how they were treated by the Nazis.
This book was not only informative but the story is very compelling and very hard to put down. The writer has a wonderful writing style and many times I felt I was actually reading the thoughts of this young girl as she struggled on a daily basis with her life as a prisoner while at the same time tried as best she could to live a life that her faith required.
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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2000
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This excellent auto-biography provides a glimpse into the life and trials of a girl and her family who found themselves facing the wrath of Hitler. As members of the Jehovah's Witnesses, they refused to support Hitler's war machine and so the Nazis vowed to exterminate the group. Persecuted for their beliefs, not for their ethnicity, this story tells of Simone's quiet fight for right. Sustained by her hope and faith, she overcame opposition of the strongest kind and has found the strength and courage to share her story. For anyone who loved Anne Frank, this is a must read!
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 8, 2002
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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 the 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.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Robertus G. Berkers on October 31, 2000
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Simone's story is honest and heartening, a tale of spiritual and moral victory over the tragedy of the Holocaust and Hitler's third reich. This wonderful little girl would not, could not, and did not compromise, and suffered greatly for it. Her two years of "reform school" from age 13-15 were an inordinately large part of her short life, and that right at puberty, an exquisitely sensitive and formative time. Her great love for her father and mother and the respect for what they taught her carries her through, all of this in the context of her devotion to God and her religious beliefs. Like myself, most of Jehovah's Witnesses have for many years been aware of Simone Arnold and other Witnesses incarcerated during the Holocaust... Simone's story is all the more important forits length, depth and breadth of scope, including her psychologicalinsights. Facing the Lion is unique in that it tells us about a child, but morethan a child, a child on her own. At least my relatives and the majority of Witnesses incarcerated during Nazi times had each other in their barracks. Highly recommended reading for young people and their parents.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By "zingles" on October 23, 2000
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A fascinating read. Never wanted to put it down. The life experience of not only a young girl dealing with the Nazi regime, but the experience of someone standing up for their beliefs, no matter what the cost. Also, this book shows the importance parents play in the moral and character development of a child. We learn that Simone, even at an early age, could not only identify truth, but make a solid decision to hold firm to what is right even though it meant persecution for herself and her family. There's much one will discover about themselves as they read this book. Definitely add this to your list and your children's list of "must read" books!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. Fripp on October 19, 2001
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I greatly enjoyed this book! The author writes in a very candid way about her life as a child in Nazi Germany. As Germany becomes a Nazi state with tremendous pressure on everyone to conform without question, she very well tells the story of how her family goes through a change of religion, to become Jehovah's witnesses, and gain strength to remain true to Bible principles in spite of very real threats and punishments inflicted on her family and finally on her personally when she is taken away to live alone in an orphanage where human kindness was extremely rare, especially to anyone who chose to stick to their principles.
Her experiences and the courage shown by her and her whole family are very inspiring!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bee on July 23, 2001
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I found the book both inspiring and informative. In a world gone mad this woman painted a picture of a young girl trying to make sense of it all while fighting not to become just another victim. Her strength while facing impossible life decisions inspired me to review how I personally handle stress in this time of relative peace. As a young person, I had read the Diary of Anne Frank and was deeply impressed by her resourcefulness. Unlike the Jews during Nazi occupation, Simone Arnold could have chosen not to be tortured for her beleifs. Her family could have chosen to remain together and compromise. Yet they didn't. They held on to values in a time when there were few to be found. I think everyone, young and old, would benefit from comparing their convictions with the history of this amazing woman.
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