First They Came

A timely poem by Martin Niemöller on the importance of not being complicit, through your silence, on the plight of others. 

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.

You can read more about Niemöller's story in this book that documents his experience speaking against the Nazi regime.