First They Came For The Jews Poem by Martin Niemöller

First They Came For The Jews

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First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: holocaust
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Stephen 28 October 2021

Yes, but yr version is out of order, both in the original and in reality: "they" didn't come for the Jews first—the first concentration camps were filled with communists and socialists, and it was only later that the Jews were "taken away", despite earlier discrimination and persecution.

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dan 27 January 2022

this is how Martin Niemöller perceived the situation, so for him the poem is correct.

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Caro 11 March 2021

Have been aware of this poem for years only thanks to Michael Savage. Things might be getting bad enough for people to get aware.

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Alice 06 November 2021

I use to listen to Michael Savage on the radio all the time. Complained about what was going on in Marin County although he lived there. I use to say, if he doesn't like what's going on, move out.

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Erin 26 February 2021

It's happening to us right now

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Jessica 12 August 2022

They came for the unvaccinated and I did not speak out because I was not unvaccinated. They came for the abortionists and there was no one left to speak out for me.

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Fred 27 January 2021

I think it would be fine to go after the communists because they are the totalitarian thugs who would be committing these very crimes.

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Sheila 01 June 2021

We must remember that we are all equal under the law. If we don't insist on equal protection under the law, it can all fall apart @

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John 20 February 2021

You don't understand the message at all, do you Fred! If you don't speak up for any injustice, then if you need support there may be no one there for you!

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You Were Warned 11 January 2021

This poem is all too apt for those rejoicing that conservatives are being silenced. They'll get to you soon enough. Learn from Neimöller's bitter regret, before it's too late.

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