Never Again

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Although we say "Never Again,"

  • More than 100,000 people and perhaps as many as 400,000 people like us have been killed in Darfur
  • As many as 800,000 people like us were killed in Rwanda in 1994.
  • 200,000 people like us were killed in Bosnia in 1992-95.
  • As many as 1,700,000 people like us were killed in Cambodia
  • Each day 22,000 people like us die of starvation. That is 8,030,000 people like us each year (exact numbers vary among reporting agencies).

What have we done? What difference can we make now? How can we personally take a role to put Never Again into action?

During WWII, 28,000 Jews from throughout Europe were mass murdered in pits in Bikernieki Forest (separate from Rumbula) outside of Riga, Latvia. Inscribed on the top of the marker stone at the entrance to the memorial in that forest are these words...

              If one saves one life, it is as if he has saved an entire world.                                                                        —The Talmud, from Pirkae Avot

     First they came for the Jews
     and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.

     Then they came for the communists
     and I did not speak out — because I was not a communist.

     Then they came for the trade unionists
     and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist.

     Then they came for me —
     and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.

    Pastor Martin Niemöller German anti-Nazi activist                               

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