I do care

  • ddavidd
    8 years ago

    First they went after Jews
    I was no Jew, so I said nothing.
    Then they attacked poles
    I was not Polish, so I did not object.
    Then they put pressure on liberals
    I was not liberal, so I remained quiet.
    Later, it was Communists turn
    I was not a communist, so I remains silent.
    At last, they came after me,
    no matter how loud I screamed, there was no one left to come forward.

    Bertolt Brecht

  • Jenni
    8 years ago

    I'm afraid to tell you that your translation as well as the author is wrong..

    It was originally written by pastor Martin Niemoeller, who had spent 7 years in a concentration camp.

  • ddavidd
    8 years ago

    My mistake, I think you are right, I checked it out.
    I found the piece in another language under Bertolt Brecht, which I am familiar with, and also is German and anti-Nazi too. It sounds very much like his works, so I translated it.

  • Jenni
    8 years ago

    As much importance as Brecht has for german literature; it being written by a person who had actually spent time in a concentration camp himself, gives it a completely different connotation.

    This is the version I know it in(in english, but it's the same in german) Some argue about the order, but since he had first only said it and not written it down, they aren't sure, but this one would make sense.. but I do not want to give too much away and have you all develope an own understanding.

    "First they came for the Communists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Communist
    Then 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 out for me"

    http://hmd.org.uk/resources/poetry/first-they-came-pastor-martin-niemoller

  • ddavidd
    8 years ago

    O my god so many versions:: these two in Wikipedia from: Martin Niemoeller

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

    Then they came for the socialists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

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

    ======

    First they came for the socialists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

    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 me,
    and there was no one left to speak for me

  • Britt
    8 years ago

    I have always heard it as Jenni's version.

  • Darren
    8 years ago

    So powerful and so sad.

  • ddavidd
    8 years ago

    I agree and so true.
    Reminds me of this quote:

    "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

    Martin lute king