First They Came

FIRST THEY CAME

First 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 for me

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

In his speech after WWII, showing the danger there is in silence and political apathy.

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