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 Communists,

and I did not speak out--

Because I was not a Communist.

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.

 

Martin Niemöller

1892-1984

German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor