Today is one day when we mark and remember the horrific number of people who were killed in the Holocaust. One day out of 365. Not much time really to reflect on the atrocities that were committed (not that I’m suggesting we shouldn’t think about this at other times).
There’s very little I can say to add to what’s been said before.
Except… while the horrors and deaths affected the Jewish people so deeply, it’s important to remember that there were other groups who were also affected.
People such as gays, people with disabilities, Romani people, Poles and those whose politics or religion varied too significantly from what the Nazis consisted acceptable.
As we take at least a moment to think about the people who suffered and died, I think it’s also appropriate to commit ourselves to doing all we can to make sure something like this can never happen again.
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.
Pastor Martin Niemoller