English- part 3 – The burning question; How could so many ordinary people in Europe turn a blind eye or become complicit?

1. This poem was written by a protestant pastor named Martin Niemoller who was one of the brave people who dared speak up against the Nazi rule. Niemoller spent the last 7 years of his life in a Nazi concentrate camp…

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.

Comment alert: What do you think Niemoller is trying to say with his poem? For more information about Pastor Niemoller, visit: http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007392

 

My response:

Beacuse that person was not apart of a specificaly targeted group, he was left with no one to speak up for him. Silencing him in the sea of minorities, sometimes the largest minoriy is the one that is forgotten.

2. Watch this short video clip about the compliance of bystanders:

http://somewereneighbors.ushmm.org/about/exhibit

In this video clip we learn about a range of reasons why people complied with the persecution of the jews:

“Just doing my job”

“Should I take the risk?”

“Should I go along?”

“Will I be punished?”

“Is it the right thing to do?”

Comment: How do you think you would have reacted if you had lived during these times? What or who would guide your decisions?

My Response:

The punishments of scilence outweigh the hearts true desire to speak out for the unjustified persecution of the minorites involved in this confict. Many do stay scilenced. Beacuse if they do speak out and identiviy themselves in a crowd of close minded maniplaties, they would face ostricisation. – A fear of being socialy exiled for ones true beliefs can hurt more than any physical punishment. 

 

 

 

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