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Martin Niemöller. First 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.

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martin niem ller
Martin Niemöller

First 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 for me.

Martin Niemöller, a Protestant pastor remained silent as the Nazis persecuted various groups. His inaction, however, did not win him immunity. He, like other prominent religious leaders, spent the last years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. After the war, he decried his own apathy.

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I have devoted much time to exploring indifference, and again I came to the conclusion that the peril threatening humankind today is indifference—even more than hatred. There are more people that are indifferent than there are people who hate.

Hate is an action. Hate takes time. Hate takes energy, and even it demands sacrifices. Indifference is nothing, but indifference to hatred is encouraging hatred and is justifying hatred. So, what we must do, I mean your peers and mine, is fight indifference.

--Elie Wiesel

tikkun olam
TikkunOlam

Tikkun Olam is a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing or mending the world. Jews believe that they are G-d’s partners in improving the world. By following the Commandments, taking social action, and giving tzedakah, Jews strive to bring peace, freedom, and justice to G-d’s world.

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Which of the following describes you?

persecutor

victim

bystander

rescuer