I snapped this photo while with a group of Boy Scouts at the The New England Holocaust Memorial earlier this year. I’ve thought about this quote a few times already this year, as I see individuals ignoring others who are in need, but call for help when they’re in need.

First they came...

First they came… Martin Niemoeller

They came first 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 for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me,
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

Martin Niemoeller

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