NIEMÖLLER, Martin (1892-1984)
Lutheran pastor who, for his opposition to Nazism, was imprisoned in Sachenhausen and Dachau from 1938-45, barely escaping death. Considered Hitler’s “personal prisoner”.
ISP – Inscribed Signed Photograph: sepia-tone glossy measure approximately 4″x5″. On the reverse he has penned to Revd. F.G. Gillena, from Martin Niemoller, Nov. 18, 1946. Penned as Niemoller was about to launch a tour of the United States.
Niemõller is, perhaps, best known for the following quotation:
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.