Flickers of Light

Flickers of Light

Project description
Righteous Among Nations

First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.

by Martin Niemoller
1892-1984, written in 1945

In his poem (above) , Martin Niemoller refers to four groups: Communists, Jews, Catholics, and Protestants. If he were writing his poem about apathy and political indifference today, what groups do you think Niemoller would include? Explain.

Explore Flickers of Light (http://www1.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/flickers_of_light/intro.asp). Now, post the following:

In a detailed paragraph, discuss one of the heroic individuals honored on Flickers of Light.