Crucible of Terror: A Story of Survival Through the Nazi Storm

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On September 11, 1939, Max Liebster, a young German Jew, learned firsthand what it meant to be an enemy of the Nazi state. After his arrest, followed by four months of solitary confinement in a Nazi prison, Liebster plummets headlong into the nightmare of the camps. Engulfed in terror and anguish, he feels himself drowning in despair when he suddenly encounters a phenomenon that restores his hope and dignity. It is a group of prisoners who wear the purple triangle. They are the Bibelforscher, or Jehovah's ...

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On September 11, 1939, Max Liebster, a young German Jew, learned firsthand what it meant to be an enemy of the Nazi state. After his arrest, followed by four months of solitary confinement in a Nazi prison, Liebster plummets headlong into the nightmare of the camps. Engulfed in terror and anguish, he feels himself drowning in despair when he suddenly encounters a phenomenon that restores his hope and dignity. It is a group of prisoners who wear the purple triangle. They are the Bibelforscher, or Jehovah's Witnesses—persecuted because of their religious beliefs and their absolute refusal to bend to the Nazi ideology of hate. Liebster is fascinated by the failure of the mighty SS to break the spirit of the purple triangles, despite torture and even executions. As Liebster totters between death and life, between despair and hope, the purple triangles help him to carry on.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937188016
  • Publisher: Milakovich, George, Associates, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 466,762
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Liebster was born in 1915 in Reichenbach (Hessen), Germany. After he was freed from the Buchenwald concentration camp, Liebster immigrated to the United States, where he lived from 1947–1956. In September 1956, he married Simone Arnold, who had spent nearly two years in a Nazi penitentiary home because she belonged to the banned community of Jehovah's Witnesses. Since 1994 the Liebsters have traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, lecturing at schools, universities, and public events about their experiences. In 2002 the Liebsters established the Arnold-Liebster Foundation to foster education about the Holocaust, human rights, and the lessons of history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2005

    An outstanding example of faith.

    I read and loved this story. It is a must read. His story on the strength of Jehovah's people to carry through with their sovrenty in tact even when choosing torture over giving up their faith. It is an outstanding example for all.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2004

    Should Be Required Reading

    The account as told by Max liebster should be required reading for all. It serves as a fine example of what can happen when ANY human decides that others of a different religion, skin complexion, nationality, or ethnicity are not as human as they are. It also tells what can happen when people are moved to blindly follow another man's political ideology without regard to the rights of another individual. I am pleased to have read this book- pleased to have read how the German government (like ALL others past, present, and future) have FAILED to eradicate Jehovah's people, despite the efforts undertaken. Even though the nazi regime is long gone, many others have since then tried the same tactic, and many others will fail. Mr. Leibster has shown what it means to have faith, and what faith can help man accomplish even under the most trying circumstances. His account also shows what real Christians are about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2004

    Courage in the face of the Devil

    Many people are aware of the Nazi persecution of the Jews few are fully aware of the persecution of Jehovah's people. But in the face of such evil these timid people held fast to their conviction. I am so proud to be one of such a people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2004

    Truth with a Purple Triangle

    I read this book in 2 days because I just couldn't put it down. Max Liebster vividly detailed the fear, anger and despair he felt undergoing horrible persecution at the hands or a deranged madman and those who blindly followed his twisted nationalistic fervor. He also gave wonderful insight into the plight of the 'Purple Triangles'- the Bible Students who refused to put their allegiance to Jehovah God second, even with the threat of death looming constantly over their heads. Instead of blaming God for their suffering, they put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the real perpetrator, and in doing so, helped Mr. Leibster find the strength to endure. I came away from this book more determined to uphold Jehovah's sovereignty, and perhaps find the courage that my spiritual brothers showed during their trials. In my humble opinion, Max Liebster's story should be required reading in discussions of the plight of Jews during the Holocaust, and also the little known plight of the Bible Students, as Jehovah's Witnesses were then known. A true tale of love and firm determination! Forward, you Witnesses!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Really good, but sad.

    Its just awefull what these people went through. The auther is a wittness and he just died recently.

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