The Holocaust Museum in Washington, District of Columbia, presents images of atrocities that are hard to believe. A posted message reminds viewers to never forget what happened and why it happened. One theme echoed in this hymn is that having freedom of information is a key to remembering. Another intent of the hymn is to promote respect for all religions.
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Biblical sources: Psalms of Lament, Psalm 34
Tune name: FREEDOM
Meter: 18.104.22.168. (LM)
Hymn content: 2 verses of 8 phrases each
Hymn arrangement: SATB, organ or piano
Sample text: Verse 1
Verse 1 “To be free is to remember”
When books are burned, the truth is spurned.
When speech is crushed, good words are hushed.
When walls are felled, good will is quelled.
When faith is killed, good souls are stilled.
When truth is told, freedom is bold.
When all survive, freedom will thrive.
When dreams are shared, freedom is spared.
When courage stands, freedom expands.
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