I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons. — Will Rogers

Great War - Journal #11


My conscience calls me to bear witness.

I am the voice of the exiled who scream in the desert.

Though all prefer today to stand mute, I for one can no longer.

Armin T. Wegner

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Do you think it is important to stand up for what you believe in when everyone else in a group feels differently? Why or why not?
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Armin Wegner, a German medic stationed in Turkey in 1915, smuggled his camera into an Armenian refugee camp.

In the last few days, I have taken numerous photographs... on penalty of death. I do not doubt for a moment that I am committing a treasonable act. And yet I am inspired by the knowledge that I have helped these poor people in some small way.

Hunger, death, disease, despair shout at me from all sides. Wretched me, for I carried neither bandages nor medications... I was seized by terror and hurried out of the camp, my heart pounding. I was overcome by dizziness, as if the earth were collapsing on both sides of me into an abyss . . .

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