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 Witnessespersecuted 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.