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First They Came For…

A short ebooklet focused on the famous poem First They Came For… written by Pastor Martin Niemöller during WWII warning about the creeping tyranny of the Nazis.

Learn about the poem, it’s many variations, and the man who wrote the words.

First They…

A collection of poems inspired by the First They Came For… written by Pastor Martin Niemöller during WWII. The poem warns against the creeping nature of facism and tyranny, and the need to guard against them by defending all whose liberties are violated.

The poems on this site are based on the same structure and spirit as the original but are generally more specific in their subject matter. Most are straight-forward and serious, a few may be funny, and some have a little twist to them. All are warnings.

Poems
First They…Children – v2
by Bradley Keyes

First they said 'we will educate your children', and I said 'No!'--
   I will teach them;
Then they said 'we will vaccinate your children', and I said 'No!'--
   I will determine their health care;
Then they said...read poem

First They…Children
by Bradley Keyes

First they said 'we will educate your children', and I did not speak out--
   because I wanted them to learn;
Then they said 'we will vaccinate your children', and I did not speak out--
   because I did not want them to get sick;
Th...read poem

First They…Knives
by Bradley Keyes

First they came for the switch blades, and I did not speak out--
    because they are a little scary;
Then they came for the swords, and I did not speak out--
    because they are too long to carry anyway;
Then they came for the lon...read poem

First They…Zoning
by Bradley Keyes

First they said we must separate business and family, and I did not speak out--
   it was only to make things more organized;
Then they said we must all have fine trimmed lawns, and I did not speak out--
   it was only to make things more tidy;
Then th...read poem

First They…Recommendations
by Bradley Keyes

First they said it's only a recommendation, and I did not speak out--
   after all it is only a recommendation;
Then they said it's only a guideline, and I did not speak out--
   what's the difference between a guideline and a recommendation?read poem

Thoughts
First They…Submit Your Own Poem

Sorry, submissions have been temporarily suspended. ———————————————————————————- Have an idea for a poem that will fit with the theme of the other First They… poems? Post it to the comments section or send it in via email (see contacts page). I’ll review … Continue reading

First They Came For…Links

The following links provide more detailed information about Martin Niemöller and his famous poem: Wikipedia – Martin Niemöller Page Wikipedia – First They Came For Page What did Niemöller really say? Which groups did he name? In what order? – Extensive … Continue reading