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Quote from Reverend Martin Niemoeller,

"When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out."


Reverend Martin Niemoeller (more quotes by Reverend Martin Niemoeller or books by/about Reverend Martin Niemoeller)

(1892-1984) German Lutheran pastor, was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to Dachau in 1938. He was freed by the allied forces in 1945.


Poem in 1976 translated from German


Apathy, Censorship, Coercion, Collectivist, Fascism, Fear, Freedom, Government, History, Justice, Liberty, Nazi, Oppression, Police, Politics, Power, Prison, Propaganda, Responsibility, Socialism, Terrorism, Tyranny, Usurpation, War


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