Thursday, May 05, 2005

May 5: Holocaust Memorial Day

Let us remember today not only the words of Rev. Niemöller; not only the Jews, Slavs, Romany, Gays & Lesbians, religious & political dissidents, and disabled men & women who were slaughtered in the Holocaust; but also the 40 million victims of historic and ongoing genocides over the last hundred years.

Let us learn from history.

Let us recognize that democracy is a fragile and beautiful thing that we must fight for and protect.

Let us do what is right, even when it is not easy or comfortable. And let us remember that we are all complicit in the eyes of history, and it is never enough to say "I just drove the train," or "I was only following orders."

Let us speak truth to power. Let us speak out for each other. Let us speak out, while we may.
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.
--Rev. Martin Niemöller
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