When the Nazis came for the communists,

I did not speak out

because I was not a communist.

 

When they came for the social democrats,

I did not speak out

because I was not a social democrat.

 

When they came for the trade unionists

I did not speak out

because I was not a trade unionist.

 

When they came for the Jews

I did not speak out

because I was not a Jew;

 

When they came for me,

there was no one left to speak out.

                        <Martin Niemoller>