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In Germany they came first for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

* Hint: Compare Niemoller’s cautionary poem with Orwell’s allegorical story of the Manor Farm. How are their messages similar or different? How is the method of delivering those messages similar or different?
Answer: Niemoller's cautionary poem is different from Orwell's allegorical poem in that a cautionary poem warns you not to do something whereas Orwell's allegory is a novella not a poem that uses fictional figures such as animals, and their actions of truths to generalize human existence. It does not warn you not to do something rather warn of what can happen when one exchanges one kind of oppression for another.

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  1. Niemoeller's "poem" does not warn you not to do something. He states what disaster happened when he did not do what he should have done.

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