“First they came for the Communists, and I said nothing because I was not a Communist,
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I said nothing because I was not a Trade Unionist
Then they came for the Jews”
Thus wrote the German Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemoller of the moral cowardice which he himself confessed to on the Nazi attacks on human rights and human lives.
THE TIMES of London has apparently launched a campaign which might have the late Frank Foley once Mi6 station chief in Britain’s Berlin Embassy, celebrated in stone, postage stamps (showing BOTH his faces?), books by the Spectator’s Douglas Murray and an essay by Gordon Brown, for his humanitarian gallantry. It is claimed that like the rightly commemorated Raoul Wallenberg, and the disgracefully ignored Count Folke Bernadotte, he arranged passports to help Jews escape Hitler’s murderous clutches.
When Hitler came to power, Foley and Guy Liddell of MI5, at the invitation of the NAZIS spent days in Horst Wessel Haus, transcribing files seized from the Communists listing Communists, Socialists, Left-wing students, whilst, in adjoining rooms, prisoners were undergoing very rough treatment. A 16 year-old British left-wing student had his mail opened and his phone tapped by British Security services for the next eighty years, though he was never charged nor convicted of any crime.
He was a convinced and very intelligent Communist whose only weapons were reasoned arguments. I understand that he lived near Micheal Foot, who was never a Communist and that they sometimes spoke to each other at a bus stop.
His name was Eric Hobsbawm and, besides being a historian was Jewish.
(SEE ALSO MY BLOG “HITLER’S BRITISH FRIENDS “ Feb 15 2016)