Quote of the Week

February 2, 2006

I was reading about Martin Niemoller this week.  A pastor in the Confessing Church in Germany in the Nazi era, he was imprisoned in Dachau and Sachsenhausen concentration camps for opposing Hitler’s regime.  I was struck by the idea behind this famous poem, and thought it worthwhile; not, certainly, to condone indiscriminate protesting, but by the reminder to not look away when injustice is perpetrated against someone other than yourself.

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—
and there was no one left to speak out.

~Martin Niemoller

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