I went to the Anne Frank exhibit years ago in Portland, Oregon, where I first saw this poem. I put it on my refrigerator at the time. Over the years, it keeps entering my mind. This is a very important message and one most don’t understand until it is their turn.
Martin Niemöller spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. According to to the Martin-Niemöller-Foundation the text of his poem is as follows:
According to the Martin-Niemöller-Foundation the text is as follows.
“First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.”