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No one left to speak for me

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By Chang Se-moon

I am sure that you all heard of the statement, "No one left to speak for me," although you may not be aware of the story behind the statement. The statement was made by Pastor Martin Niemoller.

Pastor Niemoller was born in Germany on Jan. 14, 1892. In 1910 when he was 18 years old, he became a cadet in the Imperial German Navy. During World War I that began in 1914, Niemoller was assigned to a U-boat and promoted to commander.

Under the stipulations of Nov. 11, 1918, that effectively ended World War I, Niemoller and other commanders were ordered to turn over their U-boats to England. Along with many others, Niemoller refused to obey this order, and was discharged from the Navy.

You can see that Martin Niemoller was a loyal soldier to Germany.

In 1920, Niemoller decided to follow in his father's footsteps and become a priest, and began his training at the University of Munster. As a national conservative, he openly opposed the Weimar Republic and welcomed Adolf Hitler's 1933 rise to power.

In 1934, Niemoller and two Protestant bishops met Hitler to discuss state pressure on churches. Later it was found that not only Niemoller's phone, but also the Pastors Emergency........

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