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Jens Rohwer
1914 - 1994
J. Rohwer
Jens Rohwer (06/07/1914 - 04/06/1994), a German composer and theorist; born in Neumünster (Holstein), died in Lübeck. He was a pupil of Eduard Zuckmeyer.
Requiem für die Freiheit
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Martin Niemöller (1892 - 1984)
This requiem is for 6 groups, 1 voice and a solo singer. Lyrics by Martin Niemöller (1892-1984), a German protestant pastor. He was a pacifist who spoke out against nuclear weapons. He is best known for his powerful statement about the failure of Germans to speak out against the Nazis:

“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

M. Niemöller