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Ellos vinieron, por Martin Niemller

Cuando los nazis vinieron a buscar a los comunistas, guard silencio,


porque yo no era comunista,
Cuando encarcelaron a los socialdemcratas,
guard silencio,
porque yo no era socialdemcrata
Cuando vinieron a buscar a los sindicalistas,
no protest,
porque yo no era sindicalista,
Cuando vinieron a buscar a los judos,
no pronunci palabra,
porque yo no era judo,
Cuando finalmente vinieron a buscarme a mi,
no haba nadie ms que pudiera protestar.
Oficialmente, el poema fue recitado por primera vez en el sermn que el pastor Niemller
pronunci (1) en la Semana Santa de 1946 en la poblacin de Kaiserlautern (Alemania), y
que se titul Qu hubiera dicho Jesucristo?, en referencia a la apata del pueblo
alemn ante la crueldad nazi. Este dato se corrobora en el libro: They Thought They Were
Free, The Germans, 1933-45, escrito por Milton Mayer en 1955:
Pastor Niemller spoke for the thousands and thousands of men like me when he spoke
(too modestly of himself) and said that, when the Nazis attacked the Communists, he
was a little uneasy, but, after all, he was not a Communist, and so he did nothing;
and then they attacked the Socialists, and he was a little uneasier, but, still, he was
not a Socialist, and he did nothing; and then the schools, the press, the Jews, and
so on, and he was always uneasier, but still he did nothing. And then they attacked
the Church, and he was a Churchman, and he did somethingbut then it was too
late.

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