Helene Gotthold was born in Dortmund, Germany in December 31, 1896.
Helene and her husband were Jehovah's Witnesses. When the Nazis came to power some of her neighbours refused to have anything to do with their family.
Helene's husband was arrested in 1936. Then, in 1937 the Gestapo arrested Helene. She was beaten and lost her unborn baby. Helen was tried by a court and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.
On their release from prison Helene and her husband were reunited with their family. However, in February 1944 Helene and her husband were arrested and imprisoned once more.
Helene and five other Jehovah’s Witnesses were sentenced to death for illegally holding Bible meetings and undermining the nation's morale.
Before her execution, on 8 December 1944, Helene was allowed to write a letter to her husband and children.Her family survived and carried on their missionary work.