Above my work station hangs a poster emblazoned with one of my guiding maxims, a statement made by Pastor Niemoeller after World War II when the full extent of the Holocaust became known.
“First they came for the Communists,” he said, “but I was not a Communist, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”