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Title to a poem about the Holocaust
Posted by: livefree (66.152.247.---)
Date: August 22, 2007 05:56PM

Hello - the poem I am looking for told about a person who did not care about the Nazis becasue they took only Jewish people, he did not care becasue they took only gays, etc. He only cared when they came for him and he realized he should have done something at the beginning.

Your help in locating this work is greatly appreciated.


Re: Title to a poem about the Holocaust
Posted by: ilza-maria (189.13.105.---)
Date: August 22, 2007 08:35PM

by pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)


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.


Re: Title to a poem about the Holocaust
Posted by: livefree (66.152.247.---)
Date: August 23, 2007 05:53PM

That's it! Thank you so very much!


Re: Title to a poem about the Holocaust
Posted by: marian222 (81.159.128.---)
Date: August 28, 2007 07:26AM

The version I have is a bit different - Ilza's is probably right, but mine has the Jews in it -

1938 by Pastor Niemuller

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.


Re: Title to a poem about the Holocaust
Posted by: les712 (68.185.67.---)
Date: August 28, 2007 11:39AM

Marian, according to the following website, the quotation was not actually a poem at all, but part of testitomy given to congress in the U.S.:

[www.rumormillnews.com] />

I've seen many versions, Ilza's is the most popular, but this one rings true.


"When Hitler attacked the Jews
I was not a Jew, therefore I was not concerned.
And when Hitler attacked the Catholics,
I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned.
And when Hitler attacked the unions and the industrialists,
I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned.
Then Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church --
and there was nobody left to be concerned."




Les

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/28/2007 12:00PM by les712.




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