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The Hangman

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I looked up the popular poem "First they came.." which is often referenced on here:

First they came for the communists,

and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,

and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,

and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for me,

and there was no one left to speak for me.

and stumbled across The Hangman by Maurice Ogden. Written in 1951, it also refers to those who turn a blind eye to evil or injustice.

Here is a short award winning animated film from 1964 of the poem:

Enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E_gVKdv9LA

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If they come for the socialists and communists round my way (practically all of my neighbours) I'll be pointing them out and helping them load the van.

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They came for the palmists, but I wasn’t a palmist so I did nothing
They came for the bungee jumpers, but I wasn’t a bungee jumper so I did nothing
They came for the players’ agents, but I wasn’t a players’ agent so I did nothing
They came for the Charles Manson fans, but I wasn’t a Charles Manson fan so I did nothing
They came for the reflexologists, but I wasn’t a reflexologist so I did nothing
They came for the camp TV chefs, but I wasn’t a camp TV chef so I did nothing
They came for the RoMos, I laughed
They came for the martial arts enthusiasts, but I wasn’t a martial arts enthusiast so I did nothing
They came for Eamonn Holmes and I think I’m right in saying I applauded
They came for the fire-eaters, but I wasn’t a fire-eater so I did nothing
They came for Dani Behr, I said she’s over there, behind the wardrobe

Turn a blind eye, sometimes it’s best to
Turn a blind eye, sometimes it’s best to
Turn a blind eye, sometimes it’s best to
Turn a blind eye, sometimes it’s best to
Turn a blind eye, sometimes it’s best to
Turn a blind eye, sometimes it’s best to
Turn a blind eye, sometimes it’s best to
Turn a blind eye, sometimes it’s best to

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But is not remotely like the ghastly perversion you posted.

According to the Martin-Niemöller-Foundation that is the correct version but I am happy to read your version. Anyway, my post was to highlight The Hangman poem which I had not heard before and thought others would appreciate.

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