Children's Books and Deep Thoughts

As we read "Mrs. Katz and Tush" last week I couldn't help thinking of a poem that my middle school Latin teacher had up in our classroom.  I didn't remember all of the words, but the message has always stuck with me.


"First they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me."

Mrs. Katz tells young Larnel that their people have a great deal in common, both have been enslaved, and persecuted.

While I didn't read the poem with the little ones, because they're still quite young for that, we did talk about the importance of standing up for what is right.  It's a lesson I don't think can be taught too young, and in our day, it's one I don't think can be taught too often.  I was grateful for the reminder for myself.  I hope whenever I see a wrong that I can stand up for the right, I hope we all can. 

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