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2005
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In Germany, first they came for the Jews...

http://www.dpjs.co.uk/litanies/theycameforme.html

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!

Thanks for having Niemoeller's lines on your site.

lines are incorrect

(Anonymous)

2007-06-09 10:18 pm (UTC)

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.

Re: lines are incorrect

(Anonymous)

2007-06-10 12:56 pm (UTC)

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!

Re: lines are incorrect

vexen

2007-06-10 12:56 pm (UTC)

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!

Re: lines are incorrect

(Anonymous)

2008-02-08 10:47 pm (UTC)

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.

Re: lines are incorrect

(Anonymous)

2009-08-12 01:04 am (UTC)

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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