Those Who Spoke Out in Early Germany

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We, as humans, were a disgrace in the time of the Holocaust. We did not listen to people who had spoken out about Hitler and his intentions. We chose to stay out of it, in hopes it would work itself out despite the evidence we had. We, as in the world, did not do anything to protect citizens, our neighbors and our brothers and sisters. It was wrong of Germany, The United States, the other nations and people of the world who did not listen to those who spoke out in early Germany. We were ALL bystanders. Martin Niemoller was a prominent protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler, and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps, despite his ardent nationalism. Niemoller became famous for his quote, “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” (Holocaust Educational Resource). Nieomoller was too late in standing up for the Jews in his fight for equality among the churches. Everyone knew it was wrong. Protesting the knowledge of human behavior, the part that they do not tell you is how they sugar coated the meaning of killing a mass amount of people and putting it into terms that only made it seem right or not as terrible as the true meaning (McVay and McCarthy). Terms demeaning Jews to everything less than a human would be used to describe them. A letter from Himmler to Korherr asks that the term "special treatment" not be used, as the meaning is too well known (McVay and McCarthy). Ni... ... middle of paper ... ...Jan. 2014 "Martin Niemöller: Biography." Martin Niemöller: Biography. Copyright © United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, 10 June 2013. Web. 20 Feb. 2014. "Martin Niemöller." Spartacus Educational. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2014. Raul Hilberg, Perpetrators, Victims, Bystanders: The Jewish Catastrophe 1933–1945 (New York: Harper Collins, 1992), xi. Saari, Peggy, and Aaron Maurice. Saari. The Holocaust and World War II Almanac. Detroit: Gale Group, 2001. Print. "The Southern Institute for Education and Research." The Southern Institute for Education and Research. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Feb. 2014 "United States Holocaust Memorial Museum." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014 Wexler, Keren, Carly Wolf, and Lauren Freeman. "US during the Holocaust." US during the Holocaust. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2014.

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