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This blog contains poems that have caught my attention over the years. Many of the poems I've discussed and explored with 16 -19 year old students in my capacity as lecturer in English.

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Thursday, 10 June 2010

'First they came for the Jews' attributed to Martin Niemoller

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out -
because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out -
because I was not a Communist.

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 Catholics.
and I did not speak out –
because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me –
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

Attributed to Martin Niemoller
Translated from the German

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