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Unformatted text preview: THUGS In 1945, as World War II was ending, Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoeller was freed from the Nazi death camp at Dachau by American troops. He had been there since 1938. Reflecting upon his experience, Pastor Niemoeller wrote: “I Didn 't Speak Up ” "In Germany, the Nazis first came 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 forthe Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for me." Niemoeller learned a hard lesson: that one must speak up for the truth and against injustice before it is too late. “We preferred to keep quiet. We are most certainly not without guilt; and I ask myself over and over again what would have happened if 14,000 evangelical ministers all over Germany had defended the truth with their very lives in the year 1933 or 1934 ' when there must have been a possibility? I can imagine that we should have saved 30 to 40 million lives, for this is the price that we now have to pay.” 5 5 January 2009 , 2140 PM 5.- \I551325-6'P-535-2002 wpafi page 54 ...
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