A lifelong peacemaker, Johann Christoph Arnold embodied Gandhi’s famed dictum, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Born in 1940 to war resisters driven out of Nazi Germany, his family fled Europe when he was a baby to settle in Paraguay. His childhood of poverty gave him a special sensitivity for the downtrodden. At age fourteen, Arnold moved to New York. In the 1960s, his interest in the Civil Rights Movement led him to go south, where he met and marched with Martin Luther King Jr.. Their ensuing friendship impacted the rest of his life. Johann Christoph Arnold passed away on April 15, 2017.

A best-selling author, Arnold’s sound advice has helped his books sell over 350,000 copies. As an outspoken social critic, he addressed gatherings from Sydney to London to Berlin, and visited hotspots around the globe. Locally, his work took him into hospitals, nursing homes, juvenile detention centers and prisons. In 2007 he was appointed chaplain of the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department. 

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