Poetry Analysis

Joseph Sims

Nazi Victim

There is a nazi that is suspected or involved in a crime, and is a victim.
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Paraphrasing

They came for the communists,
and I did not speak up
because I wasn't a communist;

They came for the socialists,
and I did not speak up
because I was not a socialist;

They came for the union leaders,
and I did not speak up
because I wasn't a union leader;

They came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one
left to speak up for me ....



He didn't speak up for anyone else when they were being taken so when it was time for him, nobody spoke up. There was nobody left.

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Connotation

They took everyone, but the man because he was none of those things. He didn't speak up for nobody, and by the time he had to go there was no one left to speak for him. The Jews were taken by nazis because German people believed they were the dominate race.
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Attitude

The poem is kinda a sad tone to it. They're are people being taken away, and then one man is left by himself and is lonely.


"Then they came for me,
and there was no one
left to speak up for me."

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Shifts

The poem shifted from everyone being taken and he didn't have to worry about it because it had nothing to do with him. It then came to him, and he had to be taken.


d not speak up
because I wasn't a communist;

They came for the socialists,
and I did not speak up
because I was not a socialist;

They came for the union leaders,
and I did not speak up
because I wasn't a union They came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a Jew.

Title Revisited

"Nazi Victim" - at the beginning before I read the book I thought it was about a nazi. It was about a nazi, but the last man to even be taking away and was all alone.
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Theme

The theme about this poem was about standing up, and speaking out. The man let everyone be taken away and was kinda selfish and then when everyone was taken he was left alone.


They came for communist, and I did not speak up

because I wasn't a communist;

They came for the socialists,
and I did not speak up
because I was not a socialist;

They came for the union leaders,
and I did not speak up
because I wasn't a union They came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a Jew.

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