THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.
This has been the year of the worst outbreak of violent anti-semitism since World War II. World leaders deny the Holocaust, call teaching of the Holocaust a War Crime, call for new genocides against the Jews, and make it a crime for the Jewish state to defend itself. Meanwhile, genocide, since WWII, has occurred in Cambodia, Rwanda, Serbia, and Darfur to name just a few places. Many say the lessons of the Holocaust have been forgotten. The problem, I fear is that the lessons were never learned in the first place.
Holocaust Remembrance Day falls on the yearly anniversary according to the Jewish calendar, of the Uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto. At that time, despite pleas for help the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto stood alone against the Nazis army. They survived for 6 weeks. What will your excuse be today if Iran gets its wish to kill another 6 million Jews? Societies that profess hate for one hates all. The Nazis killed the disabled before they began rounding up the Jews.
Until next time,