First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me…

and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller

German Protestant pastor, (1.892 - 1.984)

They knocked in the early morning,

they’re on the landing of the stairs;

when the mother comes to open the door

she has on her dressing gown.

What do these people want

who knock in the early morning?

The mother knows very little

about all the hopes

of her student son,

who was quite committed.

Those who knock remain silent,

but one of them, perhaps the one in charge,

leans out through the window.

Behind, the mother screams.

They knocked early in the morning;

the law comes at a certain hour.

Now the student is dead,

he died from a knock at break of dawn.

What do these people want

who knock in the early morning?

 

< Extract of the original poem>

LLuis Serrahima

Writter and lawyer, (Barcelona, 1931)

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