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  •  Your diary made me recall something my mother.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Cassandra Waites

    told me.  I don't remember what prompted to tell me this but I remember I was very young.  I am glad that she gave this lesson to me as a boy - so that I could carry these words with me throughout my life. Though a brilliant and sensitive woman I know that these were not her words. I just googled them. They are  Martin Niemoller's words.

    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.

    My mom inserted Catholics; they were sent to Dachau.

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