That is the beginning of a popular quote by Martin Niemoller. Here is the full quote:
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a communist;
Then 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 out for me.
There are many variations including these:
When the Nazis came for the communists, I said nothing; I was, of course, no communist.
When they locked up the Social Democrats, I said nothing; I was, of course, no Social Democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists, I said nothing; I was, of course, no trade unionist.
When they came for me, there was no one left who could protest.
"When Hitler attacked the Jews
I was not a Jew, therefore I was not concerned.
And when Hitler attacked the Catholics,
I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned.
And when Hitler attacked the unions and the industrialists,
I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned.
Then Hitler attacked me and the Protestant church --
and there was nobody left to be concerned."
Hitler's Final Solution refers to his plan to eliminate all Jews from Europe. At first this involved deportation plans, which meant that Hitler and the Nazis had the idea to deport the Jews to places like Madagascar, but these plans were all discarded. From December 1941, the Final Solution came to mean mass killings of Jews, which means that at this point Final Solution came the mean the mass murder of the Jews by the Germans. The Holocaust signifies the final version of the Final Solution, with mass shootings of Jews and also mass killings of Jews in the concentration and extermination camps. Therefore, Holocaust refers to the murder of the Jews in Europe as carried out by the Germans and their guns and gas between 1941 and 1945.
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