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flainfalcon From: flainfalcon Date: January 15th, 2002 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I heard that quote a long time ago and it is very striking. Cool to hear it again and still see it has the same feeling. Thankz!
vexen From: vexen Date: January 19th, 2002 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Cool!
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 12th, 2003 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for having Niemoeller's lines on your site.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

lines are incorrect

I was googling and came across your site. I just wanted to let you know that the poem doesn't start off with "First they came for the Jews..." The Nazis didn't first come for the Jews. They first imprisoned the political opponents of the Nazi party first: communists, political opponents, unionist, Gypsies, and gays. Around 1938 was when the Nazis began taking the Jewish people. Somehow the lines got corrupted. (I myself had an incorrect version in a textbook as a child, which caused confusion for me later.)

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a communist;
Then 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 out for me.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: lines are incorrect

OK. Reading your version, I am sure that that's the one I myself read as a kid, too. I am not too concerned, the meaning of the poem is still clear even if it is not strictly chronological.

Thanks for the info!
vexen From: vexen Date: June 10th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: lines are incorrect

OK. Reading your version, I am sure that that's the one I myself read as a kid, too. I am not too concerned, the meaning of the poem is still clear even if it is not strictly chronological.

Thanks for the info!
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: lines are incorrect

If we can reach out when others are victimized, the oppressors won't be getting stronger. Do you now that there were wars and genocides in German colonies in Africa and that blacks were persecuted and castrated in Germany? This is a missing link in that poem.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: lines are incorrect

Yes, there are different versions. But, the message is the same. Still totally relevant, & important. I look back now a few years, smokers became the target, became reviled. Now it's fatties, drinkers, gun holders, etc. Same exact principle ! (with Obama "
health plan " it will next be the expendable elderly )
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