First they came for the Jews. I was silent. I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists. I was silent. I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists. I was silent. I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me. There was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) German theologian and pastor
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One of several versions attributed to him.
Added on 13-Apr-04 | Last updated 24-May-10
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