MRFF Guest Op-Ed by former Army Chaplain David Plummer

Published On: February 7, 2022|Categories: Featured News|1 Comment|
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Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor and theologian who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation[…]

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  1. Adrienne Weller February 9, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you for this article. I am a U.S. non-religious Jewish woman and it is important to speak out but also to be accurate. The full quote from Niemöller is below–
    I think it is very important because I don’t think it is helpful to promote the idea that only Jews were murdered by the Nazis and too many do that. Not that you have. It isolates us Jews and fails to honor the others targeted. Also, capitalism is the root of fascism and that is not enough known. That is why it is rising in the U.S. and abroad. I recommend “Fascism and Big Business” by Daniel Guerin. Here is a pdf of the book.
    https://libcom.org/files/Daniel%20Guerin-Fascism%20and%20Big%20Business-Pathfinder%20Press%20(2000).pdf

    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 for me

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