Pastor Martin Niemoller

“First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak out because I was Protestant. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.” —–Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
(about the inactivity of intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power
and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group.)
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