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Poem by Martin Niemoller – German Pastor & Theologian

Poem is by Martin Niemöller was a German pastor and theologian born in Lippstadt, Germany, in 1892. Niemöller was an anti-Communist and supported Hitler’s rise to power at first. But when Hitler insisted on the supremacy of the state over religion, Niemöller became disillusioned. He became the leader of a group of German clergymen opposed to Hitler. Unlike Niemöller, they gave in to the Nazis’ threats. In 1937 he was arrested and eventually confined in Sachsenhausen and Dachau. His crime was “not being enthusiastic enough about the Nazi movement.” Niemöller was released in 1945 by the Allies.  

His  statement, sometimes presented as a poem, is well-known, frequently quoted, and is a popular model for describing the dangers of political apathy, as it often begins with specific and targeted fear and hatred which soon escalates out of control.

First they came for the communists, and

I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me”.

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180 px (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Boldly Intolerant God of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Boldly Intolerant God of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Books & Articles

 

“The ultimate test of a…   https://thelargestdemocracy.wordpress.com/
What Grace Has Become  https://thelargestdemocracy.wordpress.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Dietrich-Bonhoeffer/e/B001H6WDKQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

The High Calling to Preach and Teach the Word Of God: A PCUSA Pastor’s Appreciation of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Affirmation of Preaching (christisvictorious.typepad.com)

The Boldly Intolerant God of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (mtsweat.com)

Abortion ‘holocaust’? If the shoe fits … (wnd.com)

“Who am I?” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (newgottland.com)

Wind – Dietrich Bonhoeffer: a spoke in the wheel (celclibrary.wordpress.com)

Give Thanks for All Things – Including Your Church (seanwhitenack.wordpress.com)

Dabbling With My Dilettante Mind (mtsweat.com)

Give Thanks for All Things – Including Your Church (seanwhitenack.wordpress.com)

 

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Herr Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born on February 4, 1906 in Germany. He was a Lutheran pastor, theologian and an anti-nazi. His views and beliefs of the role of the Christian religion in a secular world has influenced many around the world. He also opposed Nazism and upon learning about the brutal and heinous crimes committed by the Nazis, he concluded that “the ultimate question for a responsible man to ask is not how he is to extricate himself heroically from the affair, but how the coming generation shall continue to live”.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the few church leaders who stood in courageous opposition to Adolf Hitler and his Nazi ideology, political, social and race policies.

Pastor Bonhoeffer was imprisoned at Konzentrationslager Flossenbürg (Flossenburg concentration camp in the region of Bavaria in Germany). He was condemned to death on April 8, 1945 for his anti-Nazi views and for his involvement in the conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler. The following day, he was stripped of his clothing and led naked into the execution yard, where he was hanged from a thin wire. Pastor Bonhoeffer breathed his last on April 9, 1945.

The camp doctor who witnessed the execution wrote: “I saw Pastor Bonhoeffer… kneeling on the floor praying fervently to God. I was most deeply moved by the way this lovable man prayed, so devout and so certain that God heard his prayer. At the place of execution, he again said a short prayer and then climbed the few steps to the gallows, brave and composed. His death ensued after a few seconds. In the almost fifty years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.”

Excellent book ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography by Eberhard Bethge.

20th anniversary of the assassination against ...

20th anniversary of the assassination against Adolf Hitler on July 20th 1944 :*Graphics by Gerd und E. Aretz :*Ausgabepreis: 20 Pfennig :*First Day of Issue / Erstausgabetag: 20. Juli 1964 :*Michel-Katalog-Nr: 433 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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