Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemoeller Criticized the “Aryan Paragraph”

Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemoeller Criticized Nazi Policies

niemollerHistorical Context:  Like most Protestant pastors, Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemoeller was a national conservative, and openly supported the conservative opponents of the Weimar Republic. He welcomed Hitler’s accession to power in 1933, believing that it would bring a national revival. However, he opposed the Nazis’ “Aryan Paragraph“.

In 1936, he signed the petition of a group of Protestant churchmen which sharply criticized Nazi policies and declared the “Aryan Paragraph” incompatible with the Christian virtue of charity.[3] From Wikipedia

Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemoeller was imprisoned by the Nazis from 1937-1945. Below is his most recognized writing:

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.

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