First they came…

Martin Niemoller on the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power

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.