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Pastor Martin Niemoller

In 1937 Martin Niemoller, pastor and theologian, was arrested by the Gestapo and found guilty of high treason. Martin Niemöller was striped of his functions as pastor and was prematurely retired.

Martin Niemöller's declaration

  • When the Nazis came for the communists,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a communist.
  • When they came for the trade unionists,
    I did not speak out;
    I was not a trade unionist.
  • When they locked up the social democrats,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a social democrat.
  • When they came for the Jews,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a Jew.
  • When they came for me…
    There was no one left to speak out.

Niemöller was sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp in order to be “re-educated”.  Not having changed his ideas he was then transferred to the famous Dachau camp in 1941 and liberated by the American army in 1945 after the fall of the Nazi Third Reich.

Martin Niemöller was born January 14th 1892. He served as a sub mariner and was decorated in World War I. He was ordained in 1924 became pastor of Dahlem in 1931. Martin Niemöller died March 6 1984.

Martin Niemöller's declaration in the original language

  • Als die Nazis die Kommunisten holten,
    habe ich geschwiegen;
    ich war ja kein Kommunist..
  • Als sie die Gewerkschafter holten,
    habe ich nicht protestiert;
    ich war ja kein Gewerkschafter.
  • Als sie die Sozialdemokraten einsperrten,
    habe ich geschwiegen;
    ich war ja kein Sozialdemokrat.
  • Als sie die Juden holten,
    habe ich geschwiegen;
    ich war ja kein Jude.
  • Als sie mich holten,
    gab es keinen mehr, der protestieren konnte.