First They Came…

From speeches by Pastor Martin Niemoller, 1946-1979.


First they came for the Communists,
And I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the Socialists,
And I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
And I did not speak out,
Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
And I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me,
And there was no one left,
To speak out for me.

Acknowledgement: http://marcuse.faculty.history.ucsb.edu/niem.htm

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