Saturday 23rd January 2021

Archbishop Beck Stands Together

"First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then 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."

In these fragile times, we live in a world of increasing prejudice, discrimination and persecution despite our collective human effort to remember lives lost in countless conflicts across the globe. We think of the Holocaust with echoes of "Lest we forget" and "Never Again", yet when we see prejudice in the corridors of our lives, we allow ourselves to turn a blind eye, join in and exercise one of the most dangerously subversive sentiments of modernity: indifference. Indifference is what we must fight, even more than hatred, as it is indifference which renders our fellow human beings as meaningless.

The college was represented at the recent Holocaust Memorial Service by Student Ambassadors, Joseph and Michael.


Surrounded by barbed wire
Death all around
No safe place to hide
Our lives are now no more
Tears rolling down people’s faces
Wondering if the outside world will be there friend once more

Bombs falling no lives saved
Peoples pleads for help filled the air
Cramped spaces with no room
What has my life become
It doesn’t matter my race or religion
Just let me be free once more
Red poppies now symbolise my true life
I hope the world realises the destruction soldiers caused me
Just for my religion and race
My life ended so soon why couldn’t I have lived

The destruction soldiers caused me ended my life
I knew the time was near but the way I was brought down
Will not defy who I am for I am the one who stood up for my rights
But I was dis respected and that’s what will go will me and I hope the message that
You receive is that who you are does not defy your personality

As my time draws near
I’m beginning to go insane
For I have been looking at these four walls for days
It felt like I was isolated from life as the air in front of me slowly turns to poison
And the people I once called friends lay in front of me


As the world starts to spin and my life starts to drain away
I begin to remember the people I once loved
The life I once used to lead
The regret started to control me
Why did my parents make me lead a life of this religion?
For it has now made me pay for it
As I may no longer see the light of day again


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