“Only the person who cries out for the Jews
may sing Gregorian chant.”
Seventy years ago today the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated.
An era ended – an era of mass extermination of Jews, the handicapped, homosexuals, and others.
The failure of many, including the Church, to stand up against Hitler struck me deeply in the early sixties, when I was in high school.
I continue to look at those who did speak up and who paid the price, especially people like the Austrian peasant Franz Jägerstätter as well as Sophie Scholl and other members of the White Rose.
The stories of people who hid Jews and others touches me deeply, especially the story of André and Magda Trocmé and the village of Le Chambon in France.
The failure to speak out awakened me to the need to be a witness against all injustice.
The witness of those who did stand up for the Jews inspires me to do just that.