Books That Inspire 2005


 
The Rape of Nanking: The forgotten Holocaust of World War II
Iris Chang


The Rape of Nanking presents a little-known piece of history regarding the annihilation of over one million Chinese during World War II. What I learned from this book could be summed up as follows: 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 (Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945).

The question is, who are we not speaking up for today and who will be left to speak for us?
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Jon Pedersen
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research
College of Education