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Etiamsi omnes, ego non ("Even if all others... I will not", Matthew 26:33–34) is the Latin version of a phrase from the Gospel of Matthew. It contains the beginning and the end of the words of Peter to Jesus: "Even if all others desert you, I will not."

It is written (in the variant Et si omnes ego non) on the door of Philipp von Boeselager's home,[1] highlighting the necessity of maintaining one's own opinion and moral judgement, even in the face of a differing view held by the majority (in particular, it refers to von Boeselager's dissent and resistance against Hitler during the nazist dictatorship). The last part of the phrase, in its German translation, is the title of an autobiographical work of Joachim Fest: "Ich nicht".

Lastly, it is also the motto of the family of Clermont-Tonnerre[2] and the title of a poem by Ernest Myers[3].

References

  1. ^ Paolo, Valentino (2004-07-01), "«La mia armata a cavallo per abbattere il nazismo»", Corriere della Sera: 35, http://archiviostorico.corriere.it/2004/luglio/01/mia_armata_cavallo_per_abbattere_co_9_040701093.shtml  
  2. ^ Clermont-Tonnerre website, http://www.clermont-tonnerre.fr  
  3. ^ Myers, Ernest, Etsi omnes ego non (poem), http://www.bartleby.com/246/551.html  

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