A Poem From WWII


My soul is saddened because we Americans have never been so divided during my lifetime as we are now. So I’m sharing this as a reminder that we should always speak up for those that may not be able to speak for themselves.

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.

The poem is titled First they came for the Socialists and it was written by Martin Niemoeller a Lutheran Pastor German living in Nazi Germany.

Think about it, if you let your neighbors be punished for believing differently from you. When you find you are in opposition with those in power, who will speak for you?

2 thoughts on “A Poem From WWII

  1. I saw an article about the measles epidemic over the weekend, my first thought was of you. Epidemic was the word the reporter used in the story, but the number of cases in the 1st 2 months of this year are astounding. Plus that the cases have now spread beyond the Northwest. The spin doctors (really didn’t intend the pun) evidently maintain that the cases in other states are from people flying into the country from other parts of the world, basically that it’s not possible the cases in other areas came from the Northwest – I’m not buying what they’re selling.

    Sorry to hijack your post that had nothing to do with dangerous viruses, but I’ve been thinking about you since I saw/read the article.

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