World War II “The Power of the Spoken Word”. “The Power of the Spoken Word”. Everyday we as humans engage in conversation. We engage in conversation with friends, colleagues, foes, and supporters.
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“In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communists; And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionists, And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew; And then…they came for me…And by that time there was no one left to speak up.” Martin Niemoller
“War is a contagion, whether it be declared or undeclared. It can engulf states and peoples remote from the original scene of hostilities. We are determined to keep out of war, yet we cannot insure ourselves against the disastrous effects of war and the dangers of involvement.”
“We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
“The victor will not be asked afterwards whether he told the truth or not.” When starting and wagging a war it is not right that matters, but victory. Close your hearts to pity. Act brutally…….The stronger man is right.”
“The resettlement center is actually a jail –armed guards in towers with spotlights and deadly tommy guns, fifteen feet of barbed-wire fences, everyone confined to quarters at nine…What really hurts [is being called] ‘Japs.’ ‘Japs’ are the guys we are fighting.”
“If we cannot eliminate the causes and prevent the repetition of these barbaric events, it is not an irresponsible prophecy to say that this twentieth century may yet succeed in bringing the doom of civilization.”